When coaching those with disordered or addictive video gaming, I come to recognize that this online activity can also foster a range of transferable life skills that are valuable in various in-person contexts. Whether it’s problem-solving, teamwork, or strategic thinking, video gamers often develop competencies that can benefit them in education, careers, and personal growth. 

So, while I do look to harness the compulsivity of gaming and teach moderation, I am also re-directing the gamer to consider how best they can utilize these same skills in a career outside of gaming.

Here are some key transferable life skills that video gamers develop:

Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking

Many video games require players to solve complex puzzles, navigate challenging environments, and make quick decisions. This constant engagement with problem-solving tasks enhances gamers’ ability to think critically and approach problems methodically. They learn to analyze situations, identify potential solutions, and test their hypotheses, both in low and high stress situations.

Teamwork and Collaboration

Multiplayer games, especially those that involve team-based objectives, teach players the importance of collaboration and communication. Gamers often work together to achieve common goals, strategize as a group, and support each other in various roles. 

Strategic Planning and Resource Management

Many games, particularly strategy games, require players to plan ahead, manage resources, and make tactical decisions. Gamers learn to think several steps ahead, prioritize tasks, and allocate resources efficiently to achieve their objectives. 

Adaptability and Resilience

Video games often present unexpected challenges and require players to adapt to new situations quickly. Gamers learn to stay calm under pressure, experiment with different approaches, and bounce back from failures. 

Hand-Eye Coordination and Reflexes

Fast-paced games that require precise movements and quick reflexes help improve hand-eye coordination and reaction times. These physical skills can be beneficial in various activities, from sports to certain types of manual labour and even in operating machinery or driving. Also relevant are massage therapy, hair styling, esthetics, and surgery. 


Persistence and Goal Setting

Achieving success in many video games requires persistence and a clear focus on long-term goals. Gamers often set objectives, work towards them over time, and learn to handle setbacks along the way. Related to adaptability, goal setting in gamers also often builds skills in identifying “pivot points” in plans.


Multitasking and Time Management

Many games require players to keep track of multiple elements simultaneously, from managing resources to monitoring in-game timers. Additionally, managing gaming time alongside other commitments can improve time management skills.

Cultural Awareness and Social Interaction

Online gaming communities are often diverse, bringing together players from different backgrounds and cultures. Interacting with a global player base can enhance cultural awareness and improve social interaction skills. Gamers often learn to communicate effectively with people from various walks of life, fostering a broader understanding of different perspectives.

By acknowledging and harnessing these skills, we can better appreciate the positive aspects of gaming and support gamers in leveraging their abilities for success in various aspects of life.

Many gamers that I coach are also Neurodivergent, a neuro-type that can include Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or ADHD. Individuals with ADHD often perform best in roles that offer variety, excitement, and high-pressure situations. By choosing careers that provide these elements, they can leverage their unique skills and thrive in environments that keep their minds engaged and stimulated. 

There are numerous opportunities for individuals who are gamers, who also may or may not have ADHD, to find fulfilling and exciting careers outside of video gaming.

Software Development and Engineering

Gamers often have a deep understanding of technology and are adept at problem-solving, which is crucial in software development and engineering.

Project Management

The ability to manage resources, plan strategically, and work collaboratively in games translates well into managing projects and teams in a professional setting.


Graphic Design and Animation

Gamers often have a strong appreciation for visual aesthetics and detailed design, which are key skills in graphic design and animation.




IT and Technical Support

Gamers’ familiarity with technology and their problem-solving skills make them well-suited for roles in IT and technical support.

Data Analysis and Research

The ability to analyze complex information and make data-driven decisions in games is a valuable skill in data analysis and research roles.

Education and Training

Gamers who are skilled at explaining strategies and teaching others can excel in educational roles, helping others to learn and grow.

Marketing and Social Media Management

Gamers who are active in online communities and content creation can leverage their skills in managing social media and marketing campaigns.

Customer Service and Support

The interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities developed through gaming communities are valuable in customer service and support roles.

Event Management

The experience of organizing and managing gaming events or in-game activities can translate well into planning and executing real-world events.


Gamers’ familiarity with technology and analytical problem-solving skills are crucial in identifying and addressing security threats.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The fast-paced and unpredictable nature of EMS work can keep individuals with ADHD engaged, allowing them to utilize their quick thinking and adaptability in high-pressure situations.




Law Enforcement and Firefighting

These roles require quick responses to emergencies, strategic thinking, and the ability to work under pressure, providing excitement and stimulation.

Journalism and Broadcasting

The dynamic and deadline-driven environment of journalism and broadcasting can be stimulating and engaging, allowing individuals with ADHD to leverage their multitasking and adaptability skills.


Starting and running a business offers a variety of challenges and opportunities for strategic thinking and innovation, keeping individuals with ADHD constantly engaged and excited.

Healthcare and Surgery

The high-stakes and fast-paced environment of healthcare, particularly in emergency or surgical settings, provides the adrenaline and pressure that can help individuals stay focused and engaged.

Stock Trading and Financial Analysis

The dynamic and high-pressure world of finance and stock trading can provide excitement and immediate feedback.

Creative Arts and Entertainment

The constantly changing nature of the creative arts and entertainment industry offers new challenges and opportunities for creativity.


The military provides a structured yet dynamic environment with clear objectives and high-stakes situations that can be engaging and fulfilling.

Crisis Management and Disaster Response

These roles require rapid response to crises and the ability to think on one’s feet, providing the variety and stimulation that can help individuals with ADHD excel.




Air Traffic Controller

This profession requires a high level of focus, quick decision-making, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, all of which can align well with the strengths and preferences of someone with ADHD.

The skills developed through gaming—such as strategic planning, problem-solving, teamwork, and technical expertise—can be incredibly valuable in a wide range of careers outside of professional gaming. By identifying and leveraging these transferable skills, gamers can find rewarding job opportunities that align with their interests and strengths.

When considering this career list, it is also important to understand key elements of the gamer’s personality. Not everyone has the social skills for customer service, nor the endurance for military training. And if your child becomes squeamish at the sight of blood, they are unlikely suited in the medical field. But it is worth considering and asking your child what they love about the video games they play, what skills they bring to the game, and where they might see themselves transferring these same skills in a future career.