Animators are artists who design the moving characters that appear in movies, videos, television shows, commercials, Web sites, and in other digital media. They are also known as digital animators and motion cartoonists. There areĀ 30,790 multimedia artists and animators employed in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Quick Facts
Duties Design and animate the moving characters that appear in movies, videos, television shows, and commercials; create visual effects for movies and video games
Alternate Title(s) Computer and Video Game Animator, Digital Animator, Motion Cartoonist
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but most exist in Los Angeles and New York City
Education and Training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Any experience creating animation will be useful for aspiring animators
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Animation Company Manager or Executive
  • Experienced Animator
  • Entry-Level Animator

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