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Computer games testers play computer games to check they work properly. They find and record problems or bugs.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you'll need a good standard of English. Learning some programming may help.

Your playing skills and knowledge of different platforms and games are more important than qualifications.

You could take a computer games course that includes a work placement.

Going to games events and joining industry forums are good ways to hear about jobs.

Creative Skillset has more information about becoming a computer games tester.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent gaming skills and the ability to play for long periods
  • attention to detail and analytical skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to use IT systems and software like databases and spreadsheets

3. What you'll do

You'll work for a games publisher, a games developer, or a testing company. Usually, you'll work in a team with other games testers.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • testing different levels and versions of a game
  • finding the cause of faults and recommending improvements
  • entering each 'bug report' on a quality management system
  • comparing the game against other games on the market
  • checking for spelling mistakes in the game and in instruction manuals and packaging.
  • reporting copyright issues like the use of logos
  • checking a game's accessibility options
  • working under pressure and to deadlines

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £20,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: up to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work long hours including evenings, weekends and public holidays.

You'll work in an office at a computer.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a quality assurance manager or move into games marketing.

With further training, you could become a games designer, animator or developer.

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Last updated: 02 April 2018