Computer Animator

The world of animation has come a long way since the days of hand-drawn cartoons. Today most animations are created using computers. Computer animators have an advanced set of skills that allows them to create incredibly realistic and visually entertaining characters that literally come to life on a screen.

According to there are many benefits to a career in animation. Most importantly it allows for artistic professionals to use their creative talents to develop beloved characters that are invented for the purpose of entertaining an audience.

Some computer animators may not even refer to their career as a "real" job because it can be a fun way to earn a living. However not just anyone can succeed as a computer animator. To be successful it's important to be skilled as a graphic designer have excellent communication skills be able to create a story and be able to successfully work as part of a team.

Some of the job duties of a computer animator include using computers and graphic design software on a daily basis developing a storyline for the characters of the animation to follow and developing the animated characters so that they have real and believable personalities.

A bachelor's degree in graphic design multimedia design or computer technology is required for a job in this field and years of experience in the industry can help with job promotion. However a formal classroom education is not guaranteed to help a person enter the field of computer animation unless it is coupled with a high level of creative talent.

According to entry-level computer animators earn approximately $30000 annually while experienced animators can earn more than $80000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $55000
High Salary: $80000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Develops new animation characters.
Uses computers to design animations.
Creates new storylines.
Designs animated characters that have unique personalities.
Also Called: Graphic Designer
Cartoon Animator
Cartoon Designer
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