Multimedia Artists and Animators

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Web Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Virtual Reality Specialist
  • Videographer
  • Video Game Animator
  • Texture Artist
  • Studio Designer
  • Streaming Media Specialist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Special Effects Technician

What They Do

  • Convert real objects to animated objects through modeling, using techniques such as optical scanning.
  • Create and install special effects as required by the script, mixing chemicals and fabricating needed parts from wood, metal, plaster, and clay.
  • Use models to simulate the behavior of animated objects in the finished sequence.
  • Create pen-and-paper images to be scanned, edited, colored, textured or animated by computer.
  • Assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.
  • Implement and maintain configuration control systems.
  • Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Washington was $76,900 with most people making between $41,270 and $121,040

Outlook

1.86%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 4,200 people in Washington. It is projected that there will be 4,980 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 78 openings due to growth and about 102 replacement openings for approximately 180 total annual openings.