Still, if there are so few people that are really ‘qualified’, why are the conditions/wages so bad? [/quote:6c5b3dd68a]They’re not! This is a huge misconception about the industry in general. Salaries and benefits are pretty low at entry level, but after approx. 4 – 6 yrs experience, they begin to be quite competitive, becoming quite generous at senior level.
See the Game Developer mag/Gamsutra salary surveys for more info. They are usually published annually in the Sept or Oct issue