Graphics Programmers

Graphics programmers write the code that produces two- and three-dimensional illustrations with color, lighting, shading, morphing, animation, and special effects. They create new programs for animation and graphics for computer and video games and Web sites; medical imaging devices; geological research; virtual testing systems for aircrafts, cars, and spacecraft; and special effects and animation for Hollywood productions.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Write instructions that create computer graphics
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but about 38 percent work in California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Washington
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Internship; some entry-level experience useful
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Systems Analyst, or Computer Engineer, or Computer Consultant
  • Lead Programmer
  • Graphics Programmer
  • Junior Graphics Programmer

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