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Average Wages

Multimedia Artists and Animators


Industry Outlook

Career outlook is: good for the next 12-18 months

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.


Also known as:
Animation Director, Art Director, Illustrator, 3D Artist, Animator, Graphic Designer, 3D Animator, Graphic Artist, Creative Director, Artist

Average Career Wages

Co-Op / Internship

Securing an internship for this position is a good way in which to understand the expectations required for full time employment.

Typical Job Tasks

  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Prepare production storyboards.
  • Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.
  • Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.


  • Construct distinctive physical objects for artistic, functional, or commercial purposes.
  • Convert data among multiple digital or analog formats.


Required Skills

People in this career often have these skills:
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information.
  • Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people.
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Speaking – Talking to others.
  • Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people’s actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

Projected Employment Numbers


2016 Employment

2026 Employment

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What Experience and Education do you Require?

Individuals in this field typically have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2.  No work experience
  3.  No on-the-job training

Typical Education Level Required

Background Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:
  • Communications and Media – Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Fine Arts – Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Successful people in this career have ...

  • Oral Expression – Communicating by speaking.
  • Written Comprehension – Reading and understanding what is written.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Visualization – Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say.


  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Written Expression – Communicating by writing.
  • Speech Clarity – Speaking clearly.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Using rules to solve problems.
  • Visual Color Discrimination – Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.
  • Information Ordering – Ordering or arranging things.
  • Selective Attention – Paying attention to something without being distracted.
  • Inductive Reasoning – Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.
  • Originality – Creating new and original ideas.