Game Industry International posted a really good article recently about choosing your path if you are interested in moving up the ladder in the game industry.  I would recommend this as a read for anyone looking to work in this career area.  I found the article both interesting and helpful as I already have done some of the things they suggest.  One as an example–working for free.  It really is a great way to get your foot in the door.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“One of the mistakes I think a lot of people make is that they haven’t thought very much about their education, and by the time they decide they want to get into the industry they haven’t built the right academic background or skill set. For anyone who’s thinking about games as a profession, there are so many ways you can craft your college experience to better support that, and certainly studying engineering or computer science would be at the top of the list, or becoming a really capable artist who has mastery of all the state of the art tools. And honestly, even just being a good mathematician or statistician now is [very useful], with the whole category of business intelligence and metrics being really important growing categories in the industry. ”

~Trip Hawkins, Founder of EA

Read the Source: Game Industry International Article