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Gaming jobs in Chicago increase

Posted on September 16, 2012

More and more gaming jobs in Chicago and across the U.S. are being created by businesses in the video game industry.

Video gaming specialists are most frequently recruited for jobs located in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago

In August, more than 2,900 jobs were advertised online for video gaming related careers in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics, a source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

The number of job ads increased 60% compared to August of 2011.

Gamification is growing. Hiring demand for specialists to develop and promote new games has grown significantly in 2012.

According to the survey, The most commonly advertised job titles for game developers were Video Gaming User Specialist, Merchandiser Specialist, Video Game Sales Specialist, Video Game Demonstrator, and Game Advisor. Although technology jobs most often require gaming knowledge, other fields that increasingly require this experience included Marketing Managers, Retail Salespersons and Sales Managers, Multi-media Artists and Animators, Market Research Analysts, and Product Demonstrators.

Commonly required skills include:

1. JavaScript
2. Graphical User Interface Design (UI)
3. Quality Assurance (QA)
4. Software development
5. Product development/management
6. Project management
7. Oracle Java
8. Adobe Photoshop
9. Structured query language
10. Microsoft PowerPoint

ompanies in Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition has emerged as more employers are looking to fill jobs in these areas than the local talent supply can support.