Video Game Designers

risk level
Based on 548 votes
by year 2032
or $40.02 per hour
as of 2022

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Web and Digital Interface Designers.


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Automation risk

21% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

31% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 21% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Video Game Designers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Web and Digital Interface Designers' job openings is expected to rise 16.3% by 2032

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Web and Digital Interface Designers' was $83,240, or $40 per hour

'Web and Digital Interface Designers' were paid 79.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 97,350 people employed as 'Web and Digital Interface Designers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Web and Digital Interface Designers'.

Job description

Design core features of video games. Specify innovative game and role-play mechanics, story lines, and character biographies. Create and maintain design documentation. Guide and collaborate with production staff to produce games as designed.

SOC Code: 15-1255.01


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mason (Low) says
most people are fighting against the use of AI in media as it often results in the media feeling lifeless.
creativity is also an aspect that AI cant control as it needs past data to create something but it cant create something out of the blue
Mar 06, 2024 at 03:42 AM
Noah Siler (Highly likely) says
While AI isn't currently outstanding at programming as of 2024, it is certainly not bad at it. I believe that in 20 years, the majority of jobs, including game design, will be automated. Of course, this doesn't mean that all game designers will be jobless. However, the industry is poised for a significant transformation.

I envision game design becoming user-centric, accessible to everyone. Here's how I think it will work: Imagine you're a person who enjoys video games but has never programmed in your life. That's perfectly fine, as the AI can handle everything for you. All you need to do is convey the concept of the game to the AI, and it will bring it to life.

Want to get specific? The AI will enable you to configure the game mechanics, assets, art style, and everything else according to your imagination. In this future, games will be created by anyone and everyone.

With the addition of custom GPTs, this surely seems like the future we are headed towards. This won't be limited to only video games but will apply to everything.

What an exciting future :)
Jan 31, 2024 at 01:19 AM
Riley (Moderate) says
It probably has to be good to be a ''game'' but its pretty easy for simple ones
Nov 28, 2023 at 11:54 PM
du'mas jaakas jerek offe III duch'e city New orallands (No chance) says
i mean AI can be pretty complex, but making the code for a video game without any editing on the software via human input would be near impossible with the millions of lines of code needed to program a game
Sep 19, 2023 at 09:14 PM
Terror.9803 (Highly likely) says
AI will control humanity as they become more and more intelligent and better than us. We need to take the control back before too late. AI should be a Assistant than a Creater
Sep 03, 2023 at 01:22 AM
ILiketoTalk says
There will be services that will design and develop on the spot simple games like angry birds with little gamplay twists or aestetich variance like the birds are angry rocks with big eyebrows. But how will a machine create novel and complex games without grounding itself in something that already exist (always speaking in the near future)?

And even if we are talking of 30/40 years from now, if machines can create extraordinary games, why should we, humans, stop making them? art expression, and communication makes us happy. (and if they can make extraordinary games it means it can do anything and replace anything so why should we care?)
Aug 30, 2023 at 09:57 AM
Dreamcorekoteo (No chance) says
Because ai have no soul and can't make alive and heart warming game
Aug 02, 2023 at 06:23 PM
Gavin McDonald (Low) says
it's a small chance because game development is a very complex and artistic process that requires art, design and engineering. Game developers have to work closely together and find the "fun" in the game, I don't see how you would teach a robot how to find "fun" gameplay.
May 16, 2023 at 07:13 PM
kai (Moderate) says
I am learning aspects of this career and plan to venture into it in the next few years. However, this year, I've been questioning if that's the right thing to do.

This is because of how AI has been able to create even 3D models and full stories. I fear that it won't even be 10 years before some company can employ AI to make games instead of me.
Dec 31, 2022 at 04:42 AM
Max (Low) says
Our AI is not advanced enough to throw an entire game together, but we are at the point where things like programming and art can be assisted by AI.

This is a job that will never truly reach full automation, but some parts of it can and will eventually become AI-assisted.
Sep 09, 2022 at 06:35 PM
Jeheb (No chance) says
When designing a game, a game developer has to produce new bits of code and create artwork/animations, something AI is incapable of as of now.

Most game developers even incorporate a story into their game, and AI is currently incapable of writing a comprehensible script.
Aug 26, 2022 at 07:23 PM
Markus (No chance) says
Games are made for people by people because we understand what we want. A computer will not understand fully what the game needs to be like.
Nov 20, 2021 at 08:11 PM
First Comment (Low) says
Lets goo first comment. No because where do they get the idea from, and how would they know how to code it?
Sep 15, 2021 at 02:04 AM
Dídac Casas (Uncertain) says
In videogames, ai will take some jobs but I think that there are parts of the pipeline that never will be replaced
Sep 05, 2021 at 11:52 PM
Any says
Perhaps it may be that it won't be possible due to potential errors. It's sad to know that one day the jobs of today will no longer exist.
Mar 16, 2023 at 01:40 PM

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