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Become An Animator

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Working As An Animator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $56,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Animator Do

Multimedia artists and animators create two- and three-dimensional models, animation, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Duties

Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:

  • Use computer programs and illustrations to create graphics and animation
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations
  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development time lines

Multimedia artists and animators often work in a specific medium. Some focus on creating animated movies or video games. Others create visual effects for movies and television shows. Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters. Other animators design scenery or backgrounds for locations.

Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.

Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation.

Some multimedia artists and animators create their work primarily by using computer software or by writing their own computer code. Many animation companies have their own computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a wide variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks.

Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand and then translating the resulting images into computer programs. Some multimedia artists use storyboards or “animatics,” which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the design process.

Many multimedia artists and animators put their creative work on the Internet. If the images become popular, these artists can gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance work.

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How To Become An Animator

Most multimedia artists and animators need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or a related field to develop both an impressive portfolio of work and the strong technical skills that many employers prefer.

Education

Employers typically require a bachelor’s degree, and they look for workers who have a good portfolio of work and strong technical skills. Multimedia artists and animators typically have a bachelor’s degree in fine art, computer graphics, animation, or a related field. Programs in computer graphics often include courses in computer science in addition to art courses.

Bachelor’s degree programs in art include courses in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Degrees in animation often require classes in drawing, animation, and film. Many schools have specialized degrees in topics such as interactive media or game design.

Training

Some animation studios have their own software and computer applications that they use to create films, and they often provide on-the-job training so that workers can use the specific software and computer applications.

Important Qualities

Artistic talent. Animators and artists should have artistic ability and a good understanding of color, texture, and light. However, they may be able to compensate for artistic shortcomings with better technical skills.

Communication skills. Multimedia artists and animators need to work as part of a complex team and respond well to criticism and feedback.

Computer skills. Many multimedia artists and animators use computer programs or write programming code to do most of their work.

Creativity. Artists and animators must be able to think creatively to develop original ideas and make them come to life.

Time-management skills. The hours required by most studio and game design companies can be long, particularly when there are tight deadlines. Artists and animators need to be able to manage their time effectively when a deadline approaches.

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Animator Demographics

Gender

Male

68.8%

Female

27.8%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Hispanic or Latino

19.4%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

17.2%

Chinese

6.5%

German

6.5%

Japanese

6.5%

Russian

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

Korean

3.2%

Hindi

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Bulgarian

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Norwegian

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Thai

1.1%
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Animator Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

24.9%

Academy of Art University

11.9%

School of Visual Arts

7.4%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.8%

Ringling College of Art and Design

4.6%

Full Sail University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

Columbia College Chicago

3.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.6%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.2%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

3.2%

San Jose State University

2.8%

New York University

2.6%

University of the Arts

2.6%

University of Central Florida

2.6%

Rhode Island School of Design

2.6%

Art Institute of Portland

2.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

2.4%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.2%
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Majors

Animation

42.1%

Graphic Design

14.3%

Computer Science

8.5%

Fine Arts

8.4%

Photography

6.9%

Design And Visual Communication

3.3%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.4%

Entertainment Business

2.3%

Computer Applications

2.3%

Communication

2.1%

Business

1.1%

Digital Media

1.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

English

0.8%

Drafting And Design

0.7%

Marketing

0.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

0.6%

Graphic Communications

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.5%

Medical Illustration And Informatics

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.3%

Other

14.9%

Masters

14.3%

Associate

6.3%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.1%
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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
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 -
$120,000
Animator Walt Disney Pictures Los Angeles, CA Jan 18, 2015 $112,030
Animator Outpost Games, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 16, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Animator Pixar Emeryville, CA Aug 10, 2015 $108,909 -
$118,000
Senior Animator Shiver Entertainment Inc. South Miami, FL Jun 29, 2015 $107,662 -
$110,000
Senior Animator Rockstar Games, Inc. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $101,899 -
$115,000
Senior Animator Rockstar San Diego, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Sep 19, 2015 $100,000 -
$110,000
Animator Walt Disney Pictures Los Angeles, CA Feb 15, 2015 $96,649
Animator Walt Disney Pictures Los Angeles, CA Oct 10, 2015 $96,649
Senior Animator Storm8, Inc. Redwood City, CA Jan 15, 2015 $95,000
Animator Sprite Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 18, 2015 $83,825
Senior Animator Buck Design, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 27, 2015 $83,000
Animator Holospark LLC Bellevue, WA May 12, 2016 $83,000
Animator Pixar Emeryville, CA Aug 24, 2015 $81,390 -
$91,000
Animator Pixar Emeryville, CA Feb 12, 2016 $81,224
Animator Rocket Games, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 08, 2016 $80,000 -
$150,000
Senior Animator Holospark LLC Bellevue, WA May 12, 2016 $80,000
Lead Broadcast Animator Viacom International, Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2016 $68,959
CG Animator Wet CA Sep 11, 2015 $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 -
$86,008
Animator Pixar Emeryville, CA Oct 06, 2016 $65,520 -
$75,000
Animator Sprite Entertainment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 17, 2016 $65,000
Senior Animator Hi-REZ Studios, Inc. Alpharetta, GA May 21, 2015 $65,000
Animator Jibjab Media, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 09, 2016 $65,000 -
$101,691

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Animator

Average Yearly Salary
$56,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$56,000
Median 50%
$144,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Anki
Highest Paying City
San Rafael, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does an Animator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Animator in the United States is $56,383 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

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Top Skills for An Animator

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Video Game
  3. Graphic Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Animate characters and backgrounds using both Adobe PhotoShop and Flash.
  • Created retro video game style character animation for music video
  • Realize a digital 2D animation The Willow Tree and graphic design for the DVD cover Let's all Make a Circle.
  • Provide storyboards and animation ideas for various advertisement projects.
  • Animated commercials for Cartoon Network, Kellogg's and NASCAR with characters from Fosters Imaginary Friends using Flash MX.

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Top 10 Best States for Animators

  1. Washington
  2. Connecticut
  3. California
  4. Texas
  5. Delaware
  6. District of Columbia
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  8. Rhode Island
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