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 25 percent of programmers work in California, New York, and Texas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience Familiarity with graphics programming languages and completion of an internship and on-the-job experience in an entry-level position will be 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