The concept of gamification is simple; increase engagement of students by increasing their interest in the information delivery system. Educational gamification experts provide design and training assistance to organizations currently sinking in the system.
Requirements and Qualifications
Education gamification experts work from many locations including traveling to provide training and introduce new concepts to client organizations. You’ll often work long hours, with over 25% working overtime at some point in the year. Qualities you’ll want to develop before beginning a career in education gamification include analytical and technical skills, problem solving and being detail-oriented, as well as having good customer service skills, teamwork, creativity and communication skills.
Most education gamification experts have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, computer programming, education or a related field. Some employers may wish to see candidates with a master’s degree in computer science, education or business administration with a heavy emphasis on technology.
Steps to Become an Education Gamification Expert
After you finish your education, you will want to find a career with an educational organization or software company who are working to increase gamification principles into the educational system. Certification in gamification design also helps show employers that you are at the top of breaking technology expected to involve half of all organizations in the U.S. by 2015.
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The average annual pay for an education gamification expert was $94,180, nearly three times the average annual salary for all career paths and nearly 7% higher than other software developers. Most work full time with 25% working overtime during 2010.
It is expected that education gamification experts will see a much higher than average increase in opportunities compared to the average of all career paths over the next decade. Experts maintaining their knowledge in new technologies, teaching concepts and gaming software advancements will have more opportunities available, as will those freelancing with a variety of organizations as consultants.