ESA research shows the availability of video game related college courses across the U.S to show how influential the industry is. 1,641 video game development studios and publishing companies operate 1,871 separate video game facilities nationwide, according to new research from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association representing the U.S. video game industry, and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA), a consortium of more than 80 colleges and universities that offer video game design programs. ESA and HEVGA also announced that 406 U.S. colleges and universities offer graduate and undergraduate degrees or professional certificates in video game design and development – an increase from 390 in 2014. These college programs and game companies stretch across 46 states and 84 percent of congressional districts.

Degree programs range from awarding professional certificates and associate degrees to bachelor and master’s degrees. Schools recently adding such programs include University of Delaware, University of Florida, Lock Haven University, Texas A&M University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. A number of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), including Howard University and Kentucky State University, were also new to the list this year.

Research shows that game development programs are effectively preparing students for successful careers. According to a study conducted by HEVGA, 93 percent of program alumni have gainful employment one year after graduating and are earning an average salary of $76,200, or $24,000 more than the U.S. national average. These students also reported high rates of job satisfaction and wellbeing, with 89 percent saying they are “thriving” in their workplace.

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