Programming and Gaming

The Programming and Gaming pathway prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to support the design and development of software, game, and simulation applications; interpret process and data models; develop and structure programs and software; and validate the functionality, usability, and reliability of those components.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Examples of jobs include:

  • Applications Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Software Developer

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Computer Programmer—$84,280/year
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager—$142,530/year
  • Software Developer—$105,590/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • GameMaker
  • Unity
  • 3DS Max