What is gaming technology? (and is it a degree in demand?)
You love gaming, or maybe you’re fascinated by the potential of artificial intelligence (AI). So, you’ve started looking at courses in gaming technology… but you’re not sure what’s involved.
What exactly is it, and will you get a job in Australia or back home after you graduate?
Student Hui Yuet Elizabeth Kam is currently studying a Murdoch University Preparation Course (MUPC) at the Murdoch Institute of Technology (MIT) before going on to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Games Technology at Murdoch University.
She’s chosen to study gaming technology for reasons that are about more than just her love for gaming.
“I want to learn more about artificial intelligence (AI). I know the course covers that, and I chose this bachelor because I love games, too.
I would love to work within the field of AI and create systems linked with games to help people complete their work tasks. I want to be able to help make people’s lives easier,” says Elizabeth.
Studying an MUPC at MIT is helping 18-year-old Elizabeth to improve her English and meet the university requirements necessary to pursue her dream degree at university. Originally from Hong Kong, and encouraged by her family, she chose to study in Australia to master the language and benefit from Australia’s strong IT sector.
Gaming Technology: the basics
As the name suggests, a course in Games Technology will teach you the software engineering and programming skills you need to develop games. But, it’s actually so much more than that.
You also get a broad understanding of the theory, design and software behind some of the most exciting technologies around today. You will be learning how to develop and program everything from simulation engines to augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). So, actually, there are a lot of applications for this degree beyond gaming.
Here are a few of the topics that you can expect to study, over your three-year bachelor’s degree:
So, what’s the future looking like for gaming technology graduates?
Are students like Elizabeth Kam going to be able to follow their dreams of helping people through AI?
She’s confident that there will be lots of work for her in the future.
“I believe we’ll have many robots around us doing tasks. Some companies in Japan and other companies around the world already use AI systems to help them with daily tasks. Cars will be driven by AI computers, and it will be safer than being driven by humans.
The economy in a country will develop if the technology develops too.
I think studying games technology now will provide me with good prospects in the future. Everyone needs new technologies and computers, and I want to bring new ideas into the field and develop new systems,” she says.
It’s a smart idea to get an education in a growing field like tech. But, what positions will there actually be for gaming technology graduates? Is the industry growing as much as everyone thinks?
Here’s our rundown on your chances of getting work in Australia.
Gaming jobs in Australia did take a hit over the last decade, for various reasons. After the Global Financial Crisis, a number of Australian games development companies shut down.
The good news is that after this downturn, gaming development in Australia is quickly recovering. There are now 225 game companies in Australia you can approach for work. Growth predictions are looking good, particularly in some of the more specialist roles.
Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphone gaming, are all areas that are booming at a much faster rate than ‘traditional’ gaming development. So it’s a good idea to specialise in these areas.
Maybe I want to work overseas, so what about a global outlook?
Globally, the gaming industry has never been doing better. This year, it’s predicted to generate revenue of $US137.9 billion, with 10% growth every year for the next three years.
As in Australia, AR, VR and AI are the booming areas within the global gaming tech field. Market predictions show insanely huge jumps in revenue in these areas:
- AR and VR are expected to jump, from global revenue of US$27 billion in 2018 to US$200 billion in 2022.
- VR revenue has grown by 70% just in 2018 alone!
With so many new and different applications for this skill set being created every year, the outlook for graduates is certainly promising.
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