Well, I have always wanted to go back to school for Computer Science or now Video Game Simulation and Design (which seems to be offered as an associates degree now at a lot of colleges). I have a question for any that have looked into this or are in the industry.
First, my background - I'm 38 yo and have a BSME. I never got a job in engineering, which is fine, but it is somewhat related to Computer Science (at least a little bit), very math intensive and I did have to take one programing class back in 93' lol, which was Fortran (I know ancient and dead). Based on my degree, I am very analytical and understand how things work. Not bragging on myself at all or trying to sound like an egotistical maniac, but I am fairly bright and know I will understand programing languages, etc. if I want to learn them.
Now my questions.
1] What would be the best way to get into video game design or software design (in the healthcare industry)? Meaning, with my previous BS in engineering would I be able to take classes to get an associates degree in video game design and simulation and get the various certificates. Or should I go for another BS and get it in Computer Science.
2] How plentiful are the jobs in the current market and what salaries are expected starting out?
3] Is the industry growing or is it going through another phase where jobs are hard to come by, etc.?
4] If anyone of you has taken the associate degree route, did they teach you programing languages needed (C#, C++, Unreal 3 engine etc.) or did you have to take them in addition to the classes required for the degree?
5] I read that there is good money in the audio development side of the gaming industry. So what/where in the heck would one go/take to land a job in audio development? Audio Engineer?
6] How hard is it to get a job developing audio for any industry (gaming, software, healthcare, etc.)?
Any help, tips, pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!