How would you like to secure a job in an industry that continues to thrive even in the midst of a worldwide economic downturn? Do you want a job that will give you the skills you need to always be in demand?
Can you get this job without having any prior industry experience? Yes!
Will all of your video game playing skills be assets in this job? Yes!
Want to be a game tester? Consider the two questions above for just a moment. Can you think of any other job in which you could answer yes to both of them? How would you like to get paid to play games? As they say; it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Human beings have been playing games since the dawn of time. We will continue to play games always. In our current state of technological evolution, the video game reigns supreme. And these games don’t test themselves.
Around the world, video games are constantly being developed. This means that there is a constant need for video game testers. Companies such as Sony,Electronic Arts, Atari, and Nintendo (to name just a few) are always developing the next generation of games that need testing.
Companies fill this testing need with internal and external resources. You can be one of these testers. Most companies will hire gamers that have no testing background to test their games. Getting in the door isn’t so hard; the trick is learning the skills that make you an asset to the company so they keep you on.
Most testers are hired on a 3-month or 6-month basis, generally per-project. Under these circumstances, some people are able to work for a year or even two, but they never learn the skills needed to make a career out of game testing. This is a trap that you can avoid.
Once you get your foot in the door as a tester, you need to learn the craft of video game testing. You will immediately have an advantage if you know that there is more to it than just playing the games. Playing the games is essential, but being able to communicate, evaluate, and improve is what will set you apart. Get a job, any game testing job, and then build your skill set. Add arrows to your quiver, so to speak.
Challenging and rewarding, ever-changing and evolving, each game introducing new variables for you to master, the job of a game tester is yours if you want it. A worldwide, multi-billion (and more) dollar industry that has shown no signs of slowing down; if you want a career as a game tester all you have to do is go get it.
Wii, Xbox, Mac, PC, or other – the opportunities are there for the taking! If you want a job that will be in demand for years to come, if you want a career that can allow you to live very comfortably, if you want to get paid to play the games that you enjoy right now for free – then the job of game tester is for you. Get excited and get started – the jobs are waiting.
Phillip Bailey has been a quality assurance professional for over a decade, successfully leading projects as diverse as “Magic: The Gathering Online” to “The Flip” video camera. If you wish to learn more about software quality assurance and in becoming a game tester see: [url not allowed]. You can benefit from Mr. Bailey’s expertise by visiting [url not allowed].