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Multimedia Artists and Animators

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Quick Facts : Multimedia Artists and Animators*
2010 Median Pay$58,510
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201266,500
Job Outlook8% (Slower than average)
Employment Change5,500

Multimedia artists and animators create models and animation in two and three dimensions to be used as visual effects for television, movies, video and many other types of media.

What Multimedia Artists and Animators Do

  • Create graphics and animation using computer programs and illustration
  • Research upcoming projects to help create a realistic design or animation
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in the animation
  • Edit animation and effects based on feedback from directors, head animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, head animators, games designers, and directors to review deadlines and development timelines

Work Environment

Although most multimedia artists are self-employed, some work for the motion picture and video industry. They often work long hours, especially when deadlines are approaching.
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Job Outlook

Employment of multimedia artists and animators is expected to have an 8 percent growth from 2010 to 2020 due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television.
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. The average salary of multimedia artists and animators was $58,510 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Multimedia Artists and Animators

Many multimedia artists and animators will have a bachelor's degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field where they create work for a good portfolio and learn the strong technical skills.
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