Visit NHTI’s Animation and Graphic Game Programming Department for information on the degree and course offerings.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
- How to Increase Employability
Three main paths exist upon completion of this degree: transfer, programming, or game industry work. You can transfer into a bachelor’s program at a college or university, be hired as an entry level software developer, or go directly into the gaming field. You can start working for a studio or break out on your own to create games independently.
- C++ / C# / Java
- Visual Studio & .NET platform
- Data transfer and acquisition
- Creative problem solving
- Ability to learn and apply new programming quickly
These titles include positions for which you may qualify with the associate’s degree
- Game Developer
- Junior Software Engineer
- Java Developer
- C++ Programmer
- Web Developer
- Application Engineer
- Software Analyst
- System Administrator
- SQL Developer
- Development Engineer
Positions that may require a bachelor’s degree and beyond…
- Senior Software Engineer
- Systems Designer
- Design Engineer
- Engineering Manager
- AML Partners, LLC
- Control Technologies Inc
- Disney Animation Studios
- Game Assembly
- Kentico Software
- Robot Loves Kitty
- SilverTech, Inc.
- Skymap Games
- The Atom Group
- Turbine Games
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the links on this page to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Advisors, and Department resources
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research.
- www.gameassembly.org - Game Assembly: Shared development space and community in Manchester
- www.igda.org/group/NewHampshire - IDGA - New Hampshire Chapter
- www.igda.org/ - International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA) – Global
- www.computer.org - IEEE Computer Society
Many groups organize using Meetup.com. Examples include
- www.meetup.com/IGDA-New-Hampshire-Game-Development-Meetup/ - IDGA NH
- www.meetup.com/GDG-New-Hampshire/ - NH Google Developer Group
- /www.meetup.com/nhdnConcord/ - Concord .Net User Group
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including the NHTI posting site – see first link).
- NHTI Job Board - (Employers looking for NHTI students and graduates)
- Jobs at gamasutra.com - (Job listing at a major game industry portal)
- www.computer.org - (Job board of the IEEE Computer Society)
- www.linkedin.com - (Recruiters search for computer skills.)
- www.dice.com - (General, but more tech focused than other boards)
- www.indeed.com - (The “Google” of job boards)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting with fellow professionals.
- Obtain work experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment positions. Jobs that show communication and business skills are valued, not just tech positions.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Finish polished projects that show your skills well.