Computer Animator Career Field

computer animatorCareer Overview

Computer animators utilize software that allows special effects, animation, and visual images to be manipulated creating animated effects for computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Design/Graphic Design/Computer Animation or Similar Field
Associate’s Degree in Computer Animation

Most computer animator positions require a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, multimedia design or computer animation. Many colleges and universities now offer programs that specialize in computer animation. This is a highly technical field and it is imperative for job applicants to be skilled in the computer technologies that are utilized to create the animated effects. Computer animators must also be willing to continually update their skills and knowledge of new software programs as the technologies change rapidly. Some job applicants can get an entry level position with an associate’s degree in computer animation.


Video Editing
3D Animation
Animation Software like Photoshop/Illustrator/Maya Others
Business of Animation
Story Telling & Script Writing
Audio Production
Television Graphics
Graphic Design

Top Colleges for Computer Animation

The Arts Institute
DeVry Institute
Full Sail University
Flash Point Academy
Walden University

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 79,000
Projected Employment in 2018: 90,200
Average Annual Salary for Computer Animators in 2008: $56,330

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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