Multimedia Artists and Animators

Designer Demonstrates Video Game

Most multimedia artists and animators use their computer skills as well as their artistic abilities to produce computer and video games that may entertain, test, and even teach players. Artists and animators work as part of a team that develops a concept for a game, its rules, various levels of play, and its story from beginning to end. Depending on the size of the company they work for and the project they are working on, artists and animators may be responsible for working on one specific game aspect, such as texture (that is, creating the textured look for each object in the game), or be responsible for working on several game aspects, such as character building, environment, and motion. Since its early days, when Pong was all the rage, the gaming industry has grown into a multibillion dollar field and it can offer a fun, continuously changing, and rewarding environment in which to work. Other multimedia artists and animators work in the motion picture and television industries, advertising, and computer design services. There are 30,240 multimedia artists and animators employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) 3-D Object Specialists, Background Artists, Character Artists, Character Builders, Conceptual Artists, Environmental Modelers, Game Designers, Object Builders, Texture Artists
Duties Use their computer and artistic skills to help produce computer 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 are best on the East and West Coasts
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Art Director or Animation Director
  • Lead Artist or Lead Animator
  • Experienced Multimedia Artist or Animator
  • Entry-Level Multimedia Artist or Animator