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Working As An Animator

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $66,323

    Average Salary

What Does An Animator Do

An Animator is a person who animates something, especially a person who prepares animated movies. They design models, backgrounds, sets, characters, objects, and the animation environment.

How To Become An Animator

Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college and a state license.


Veterinarians must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are currently 30 colleges with accredited programs in the United States. A veterinary medicine program generally takes 4 years to complete and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical components.

Although not required, most applicants to veterinary school have a bachelor’s degree. Veterinary medical colleges typically require applicants to have taken many science classes, including biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, zoology, microbiology, and animal science. Most programs also require math, humanities, and social science courses.

Admission to veterinary programs is competitive, and less than half of all applicants were accepted in 2014.

In veterinary medicine programs, students take courses on animal anatomy and physiology, as well as disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Most programs include 3 years of classroom, laboratory, and clinical work. Students typically spend the final year of the 4-year program doing clinical rotations in a veterinary medical center or hospital.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Veterinarians must be licensed in order to practice in the United States. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require prospective veterinarians to complete an accredited veterinary program and to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. Veterinarians working for the state or federal government may not be required to have a state license, because each agency has different requirements.

Most states not only require the national exam but also have a state exam that covers state laws and regulations. Few states accept licenses from other states, so veterinarians who want to be licensed in another state usually must take that state’s exam.

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers certification in 40 specialties, such as surgery, microbiology, and internal medicine. Although certification is not required for veterinarians, it can show exceptional skill and expertise in a particular field. To sit for a specialty certification exam, veterinarians must have a certain number of years of experience in the field, complete additional education, and complete a residency program, typically lasting 3 to 4 years. Requirements vary by specialty.

Other Experience

Some veterinary medical colleges weigh experience heavily during the admissions process. Formal experience, such as previous work with veterinarians or scientists in clinics, agribusiness, research, or some area of health science, is particularly advantageous. Less formal experience, such as working with animals on a farm, at a stable, or in an animal shelter, can also be helpful.

Although graduates of a veterinary program can begin practicing once they receive their license, some veterinarians pursue further education and training. Some new veterinary graduates enter internship or residency programs to gain specialized experience.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Veterinarians must be compassionate when working with animals and their owners. They must treat animals with kindness and respect, and must be sensitive when dealing with the animal owners.

Communication skills. Strong communication skills are essential for veterinarians, who must be able to discuss their recommendations and explain treatment options to animal owners and give instructions to their staff.

Decisionmaking skills. Veterinarians must decide the correct method for treating the injuries and illnesses of animals. For instance, deciding to euthanize a sick animal can be difficult.

Management skills. Management skills are important for veterinarians who manage private clinics or laboratories, or direct teams of technicians or inspectors. In these settings, they are responsible for providing direction, delegating work, and overseeing daily operations.

Manual dexterity. Manual dexterity is important for veterinarians, because they must control their hand movements and be precise when treating injuries and performing surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Veterinarians need strong problem-solving skills because they must figure out what is ailing animals. Those who test animals to determine the effects of drug therapies also need excellent diagnostic skills.

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Animator Demographic


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

  • Swedish

  • Bulgarian

  • Dutch

  • Greek

  • Cantonese

  • Norwegian

  • Polish

  • Gujarati

  • Thai

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Real Animator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Animator The Secret Lab Burbank, CA Jan 07, 2016 $123,828
CG Animator The Secret Lab Burbank, CA Oct 05, 2016 $121,401
Animator Pixar Emeryville, CA Nov 09, 2016 $119,038
CG Animator Walt Disney Pictures Burbank, CA Sep 10, 2013 $116,041
Storyteller Animator Airbnb, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2014 $115,500
Animator The Secret Lab Burbank, CA Aug 24, 2016 $114,825
Lead Animator Just Games Interactive Entertainment, LLC Los Angeles, CA Apr 28, 2015 $114,172 -
Animator Walt Disney Pictures Burbank, CA Oct 10, 2014 $113,897
Animator Walt Disney Pictures Los Angeles, CA Jan 18, 2015 $112,030
Animator Pacific Data Images, Inc. Redwood City, CA Dec 05, 2014 $111,508
Animator Outpost Games, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 16, 2015 $110,000 -
Animator Walt Disney Pictures Burbank, CA Mar 03, 2014 $109,474
Lead Digital Animator Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc. Burbank, CA Jan 27, 2014 $84,136
Lead Animator Reel FX, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 30, 2014 $84,000
Animator Sprite Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 18, 2015 $83,825
Animator Dreamworks Animation LLC Glendale, CA Oct 01, 2013 $83,480
Animator Holospark LLC Bellevue, WA May 12, 2016 $83,000
Animator Blue Sky Studios, Inc. Greenwich, CT Jul 17, 2014 $82,988
Lead Broadcast Animator Viacom International, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2016 $68,959
CG Animator Wet CA Sep 11, 2015 $68,848
Animator Riot Games, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Aug 27, 2013 $68,848 -
Animator Blue Sky Studios, Inc. Greenwich, CT Aug 09, 2016 $66,310
Animator MacHine Zone, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 21, 2015 $66,144 -
Animator Dreamworks Animation LLC Glendale, CA Mar 16, 2013 $65,887
Crowd Animator Pixar Emeryville, CA Dec 06, 2013 $65,523 -

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Top Skills for An Animator


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Top Animator Skills

  1. Video Game
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Storyboards
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cycle animator for a video game collaborative project.
  • Designed quizzes using Macromedia Flash and cover pages for books usnig Adobe Photoshop.
  • Provide storyboards and animation ideas for various advertisement projects.
  • Created a tracking system for the Animation department.
  • Completed animated credit inserts for PBS Kids from storyboards and assets librariescreated in Adobe Illustrator.

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