Video game programmers are software engineers who work on games for console or handheld video gaming systems. In addition to understanding computer languages and structures, they must also be familiar with the specific target systems on which their games will be played, as well as the development platforms used to create games.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job prospects for software developers will grow 17 percent (much faster than average) between 2014 and 2024. Additionally, the BLS reported that in 2015, the median annual salary for computer software developers was $100,690.Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.