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Multimedia Artists & Animators

Also called: Animator, Creative Director, Art Director, Artist

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What they do:
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
On the job, you would:
  • Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.
  • Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
  • Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.

Knowledge

Communications
  • multimedia
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Corel Painter
Development environment software
  • C
  • Unreal Technology Unreal Engine
Web platform development software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Shockwave Player
  • Hypertext Markup Language HTML

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$64,470
per year, on average
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