JOB SEARCH / DEC. 16, 2014
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How to Find a Job as a Game Tester

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For those who love to play video games, becoming a game tester is the pinnacle of achievement. After all, getting paid to play games for hours on end is a dream come true!

Sadly for you, it’s a dream that thousands of others share. Video game testing is a HIGHLY competitive market, and it’s quite a challenge to get a job as a video game tester. Still, it can be done, and here is how:

Get a college degree 

You can get a job as a tester to pay your way through college, but if your goal is to become a full-time game tester, you will want to get a college degree. You can find schools that offer degrees in video game testing, but degrees in programming, design, and art can all help you land that job. Having a degree will help you make a career from game testing, not just stay at the entry-level position of video game tester.

Consider your location

Most of the video game companies have their headquarters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Seattle. Some companies--like Applause--offer game testing jobs that can be done from home, but for the most part, it’s best to live in the city where the game companies are. It’s the best way to break into the gaming industry.

Be VERY good at video games 

You need to have a skill with video games on the platform of your choice (PC, PS, Xbox, Wii, etc.), and you should be able to complete games at a very high speed. You will also need to be able to play the same game for hours on end, as that’s how you test the game for bugs/errors.

Be detail-oriented 

  Can you spot tiny details in the game that stand out as odd or buggy? If so, you may have a knack for game testing. It’s not just about being able to play the game, but it’s about being able to find errors in the software BEFORE the game is launched. You need to have good attention to detail in order to consider a career in game testing.

Find companies that produce games you like 

You wouldn’t work for EA if you HATE sports games! Find companies that produce the types of games you like, and submit your resume to those companies. The more you enjoy the games they produce, the better you will be at your job.

Draft a killer resume 

Browse through the Resume section here on CareerAddict, and find HUNDREDS of tips to make yourself a resume that sets you apart from all the other people applying for the position.

It’s not as difficult to find game testing jobs as you might expect, but remember that there are a lot of like-minded people competing over the same jobs. If you want to stand a chance of success, the tips above will give you an edge over your competition.

Here is a list of job ads for the video game industry. Check them out, and see if you are suited for any of them.

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