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.

Quick Facts
Duties Write instructions that create computer graphics
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
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
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Internship; some entry-level experience useful
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Systems Analyst, or Computer Engineer, or Computer Consultant
  • Lead Programmer
  • Graphics Programmer
  • Junior Graphics Programmer

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