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Friday, January 14, 2011

College Major of the week: Video Gaming and Application Development

Whew, I am back with the major of the week. It's been a chaotic few weeks, so I apologize for the lag in resuming this part of the blog!

This week: Video Gaming and Application Development at MN School of Business in Richfield, MN or Century College in White Bear Lake, MN.
- Length of the program: 2 years or more (depending on your degree)
- Typical Career Name: Video Gaming Designers, Video Gaming Programmers, Video Gaming Engineers
- What do I do with this? Video Gaming programs prepare people to design gaming systems. Students learn about gaming hardware, software, and networking. They learn to create easy-to-use system designs.
- Things to know: It is common for employers to require you to have a bachelor's degree to gain entry-level work in the field. Video Gaming degrees are sometimes offered as part of an overall computer science program. In many case, they are combined with engineering into a single program. In some programs, business courses are also offered. This is because much of your work will be project-based. Therefore, management and organization courses are useful. Perhaps one of the best things about Video Gaming programs is that you stay up-to-date on the latest technologies. This usually means that you take courses in state-of-the-art classrooms with access to several types of computers and software.
- Approximate starting wage: $26 per hour. This career has a high demand rating if you are willing to work with computers, it is considered an average demand if you are only wanting to work with video gaming.

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