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Employment for animators and multimedia artists is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all careers through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, due in part to companies sending work to animators overseas. The growing trend of sophisticated special effects in motion pictures should create opportunities at industry effects houses such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamQuest Software, Industrial Light & Magic, and DreamWorks SKG. Employment will be good in the computer and video game industry because the demand for games continues to grow steadily and technologies make new kinds of games possible. Competition for jobs should be strong since many creative and technically savvy people want to be part of this business. Demand is also increasing as animation is increasingly used in mobile technologies and in non-entertainment-based fields such as scientific research or design services. Because so many creative and talented people are drawn to this field, however, competition for jobs will be strong.