Originally Posted by u_have_krabs
what you are talking about is "character modeling" and "environmental modeling". As the names inply character modeling is just for modeling characters and environmental modeling is for model objects in the game like crates, cars, trees, etc. You will do either one or the other in the industry. Both require a lot time so doing both is not likely. I can do both, but I prefer environmental modeling.
The modeling programs that are in use the most for the game industry are 3ds max, Maya, Softimage.
thank you for answering my questions krabs, but i have a couple more
how long did you have to go to school for this? is it expensive? and does the job pay well?