8 Creative Jobs that Pay Over 60K
Valerie Atkisson | ArtBistro
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Median Salary: $79,000
Multimedia artists and animators work primarily in motion picture and video industries, advertising, and computer systems design services. They draw by hand and use computers to create the series of pictures that form the animated images or special effects seen in movies, television programs, and computer games. Some draw storyboards for television commercials, movies, and animated features.
Projected Growth: 14%
Demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase as consumers continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and 3D animated movies. Additional job openings will arise from an increasing need for computer graphics in the growing number of mobile technologies. The demand for animators is also increasing in alternative areas such as scientific research and design services. Some lower priority animation has been offshored, negatively affecting employment of animators.
Skills and Requirements:
Evidence of appropriate talent and skill, displayed in an artist’s portfolio, is an important factor used by art directors, clients, and others in deciding whether to hire an individual or contract for their work. A portfolio is a collection of handmade, computer-generated, photographic, or printed samples of the artist’s best work. Assembling a successful portfolio requires skills usually developed through post-secondary training in art or visual communications. Internships also provide excellent opportunities for artists to develop and enhance their portfolio.
Multimedia artists usually develop their skills through a bachelor’s degree program or other postsecondary training in art or design. Due to the level of technical expertise demanded, multimedia artists and animators generally also need a bachelor’s degree.