The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Guide to Industries states that " Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.” Employment in software development is projected to increase nationally by 22 percent through 2029. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development predicts a 16.4 percent increase in the number of software developers.
The knowledge and skills gained in the Game Design and Development concentration are applicable in any software development position. The game entertainment industry is the most recognized, but game development skills are also used for serious purposes, such as military training, education, personal medical assistance, and business simulations. The video game industry is an emerging industry in Wisconsin. Raven Software, of Middleton, is the largest and most established (1990). Other Wisconsin companies include Human Head Studios (Madison), Guild Software (Milwaukee), Filament Games (Madison), Learning Games Network (Madison), PerBlue (Madison), ZyMo Entertainment (Green Bay), and Digital Iris (Milwaukee).
Mobile applications are developed by many industries for customer convenience and internal use. Creating successful apps requires knowledge in various areas such as programming, human-computer interface, databases, graphics, security, and web/internet programming. Personally, we use apps to interact with our mobile devices, but ultimately with each other. Social media continues to grow and apps allow us to get our daily news and information, talk to our friends, post our photos, watch videos, and more.
- Game Software Engineer
- Game Programmer
- Mobile Software Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Software Developer
- Web Application Developer
- Information Assurance Engineer
- Big John Games (Nintendo games)
- King Show Games (casino games)
- HB Studios (console games for EA)
- Concrete Software (mobile games)
- Degica (publisher of RPG Maker)
- Boeing Defense Products
- Lockheed Martin
- Rockwell Automation
- Target Corporation
- Magenic Technologies
- Menards/Midwest Manufacturing