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.

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

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