Career Information


What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Interactive Simulation and Game Technology program may lead to the following jobs or careers:


Special Effects Artist/Animator[1]

Entry Hourly Wage

​1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher. Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: Dallas College​ Labor Market Intelligence


Interactive computer simulation is a versatile technology, with 3D animation a dynamic medium that can illustrate complex ideas in a short time. Applications include:

  • Video game design 
  • Television and film production
  • Medical and scientific simulation
  • Industrial animation, particularly in the aeronautic and transportation industries
  • Engineering
  • Education and government 
  • Forensics and law
  • Architecture and landscaping
  • Business and government

Why Is This a Good Career Bet? 

A wide range of industry applications, including in high-growth sectors such as health care and IT, gives 3D animation wide-ranging job possibilities. CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects an increase of 17% in positions for multimedia artists and animators through 2024, and animation is a part of many computer design jobs.

To be successful in the lucrative interactive simulation and game design industry, you’ll need:

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to put your ideas into speech and design
  • A teamwork-based work ethic
  • Conceptual skills to bring a story from idea to final design
  • The capacity to work in a group setting with a collaborative team spirit
  • People skills in order to work well with various personalities and a wide variety of ideas
  • Willingness to adapt to technological challenges and constant change in industry trends

Job Opportunities

The Dallas area has been a hotbed for computer game development since the late 1980s. It was the birthplace of the first-person shooter genre; Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake were all created by Mesquite-based id software. id software is just one of 80 game development companies in Texas. The industry provides more than 2,000 full-time jobs in the state, according to the Texas Film Commission, which details the computer and game industry in Texas.

Interactive computer simulation is a versatile technology that goes far beyond its most well-known applications of video gaming, film and television. 3D animation is a dynamic medium that can illustrate complex ideas in a very short time, with uses in:

  • Medicine, making videos that educate both medical professionals and patients
  • Education, creating understandable visuals of complicated theories
  • Forensics and law, recreating incidents and crimes for investigators and attorneys
  • Advertising, illustrating products and services with sophisticated visual effects
  • Engineering, from design through production in fields that range from aerospace to manufacturing
  • Architecture and landscaping, visualizing buildings and outdoor areas
  • Business and government, from marketing and websites to employee training and presentations

Game Design Companies in the D/FW Metroplex