U.S. Gaming Industry Continues to Grow, Create Jobs
Ever since the first arcade machines hit the market, the gaming industry has been steadily growing. Today, hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers are employed in the industry, and in 2015, the industry added $11.7 billion to the U.S. GDP. This information, plus other findings from the Entertainment Software Association’s (ESA) recent report shows that as an industry, gaming is creating high-paying jobs in all 50 states. The ESA Report The ESA released a report titled “Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2017 Report” that details the current state of the industry. The findings show that workers in the video game industry enjoy an average pay that’s almost double the national average - $97,000 per year. The gaming industry is creating jobs at a rate almost double the national average as well. Video game industry employment grew by 2.9 percent. Today, over 220,000 people are employed in the industry. In total, there are 2,322 video game development locations across the country, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are 526 publisher locations in 44 different states. The industry’s diverse geographic locations help produce good-paying jobs and state revenue across the country, making it a valuable addition to the country’s economy as a whole. Looking for a New Career? From programming to design to animation, there is a wide range of technical and creative jobs in the video game industry. Students can now take coursework to prepare for a career in the industry at over 400 different colleges and universities nationwide. And you shouldn’t change careers (or choose this career) based on the compensation alone. Think about the work environment. Whether you’re creating a new virtual world out of code or dreaming up a new way to market the next hit game, the creative juices are always flowing and you will be surrounded by individuals with the same love of gaming. It doesn’t sound like a bad day at the office! With the total U.S. revenue of the video game industry growing by 47 percent over the past five years, it’s clear gaming is just getting started.