Special Effects Artists & Animators

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3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist), Animator, Artist, Graphic Artist

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What they do:
Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
On the job, you would:
  • Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
  • Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
  • Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design, and progress tracking.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • design

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • multimedia
  • telecommunications


  • customer service


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



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


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
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software Hot Technology In Demand
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro Hot Technology

Video creation and editing software

  • Adobe After Effects Hot Technology In Demand
  • YouTube

Development environment software

  • Adobe ActionScript
  • C Hot Technology


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

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