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Job Description: 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.

Daily Life Of a Multimedia Artist or Animator

  • Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
  • Use models to simulate the behavior of animated objects in the finished sequence.
  • Develop briefings, brochures, multimedia presentations, web pages, promotional products, technical illustrations, and computer artwork for use in products, technical manuals, literature, newsletters, and slide shows.
  • 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.
  • Apply story development, directing, cinematography, and editing to animation to create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters.
  • Implement and maintain configuration control systems.

Multimedia Artist or Animator Required Skills

These are the skills Multimedia Artists and Animators say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Types of Multimedia Artist or Animator

  • Motion Graphics Artist
  • 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer)
  • Production Assistant
  • Game Artist
  • Special Effects Technician

What Kind of Multimedia Artist or Animator Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 73,700 jobs for Multimedia Artist or Animator in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 6,200 new jobs for Multimedia Artist or Animator by 2026. The BLS estimates 6,600 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Multimedia Artist or Animator are Utah, Washington, and Georgia. Watch out if you plan on working in South Dakota, Rhode Island, or North Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Multimedia Artist or Animator Make?

The salary for Multimedia Artists and Animators ranges between about $40,870 and $124,310 a year.

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Multimedia Artists and Animators who work in Connecticut, Washington, or District of Columbia, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Multimedia Artists and Animators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $60,060
Arizona $63,920
Arkansas $59,610
California $87,960
Colorado $68,160
Connecticut $102,630
District of Columbia $89,210
Florida $62,330
Georgia $62,000
Hawaii $71,300
Idaho $76,040
Illinois $61,440
Indiana $53,780
Iowa $53,430
Kansas $64,280
Kentucky $65,820
Louisiana $60,850
Maine $57,600
Maryland $60,850
Massachusetts $71,210
Michigan $60,140
Minnesota $61,550
Missouri $59,930
Montana $48,900
Nebraska $50,650
Nevada $63,420
New Jersey $79,850
New Mexico $57,280
New York $86,490
North Carolina $74,130
North Dakota $72,550
Ohio $55,670
Oklahoma $53,640
Oregon $72,190
Pennsylvania $68,580
South Carolina $36,270
South Dakota $44,340
Tennessee $64,570
Texas $82,940
Utah $74,450
Virginia $65,430
Washington $90,700
Wisconsin $55,600

What Tools & Technology do Multimedia Artists and Animators Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Multimedia Artists and Animators may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext Markup Language HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Python
  • jQuery
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Extensible Markup Language XML
  • UNIX
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • PHP: Hypertext preprocessor
  • C
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • YouTube

How do I Become a Multimedia Artist or Animator?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Multimedia Artist or Animator?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Multimedia Artists and Animators?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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Image Credit: Szilas in the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts via Public domain

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