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Graphic Design Spotlight: Animation and Animators Part II

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In our previous article, Graphic Design Spotlight: Animators and Animation Part I, we listed several important traits inherent in successful animation professionals.

In the conclusion of this series we'll see what types of jobs are available for animators, the career outlook for this type of work, and the importance of adapting to quick-changing situations.

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This old saying is synonymous with the more recent phrase, "Can you multitask?" Although the term has become a hot buzzword in the past few years, those who are in a position to hire are even more interested in how flexible potential job candidates are.

Virtually every job in graphic design requires a certain amount of flexibility. As an animator, assignments will change during the course of a project, requests come in to help another department or you are asked to do something that isn't necessarily part of your immediate project goals.

While being flexible isn't usually mentioned as a desirable trait in the job description of animators, this is an important attribute to have in the pressure cooker world of tight deadlines.

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During the times preceding the wide use of computer generated graphics, if you were an animator, it meant you were in the cartoon industry.

Today the use of animation has expanded to education, the film industry, video games, advertising, medical instruction, healthcare, television, special visual effects, the Internet, television and of course, animated cartoons and special features.

Receiving the best possible education at a graphic design school or design center can provide you with the needed career training in the animation industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for positions in animation look favorable:

"...Demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase as consumers continue to demand more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and 3D animated movies.

"Additional job openings will arise from an increasing need for computer graphics in the growing number of mobile technologies. The demand for animators is also increasing in alternative areas such as scientific research and design services..."

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The salary for animation jobs fluctuates widely due to the type of work done, how high profile the job is, and the years of experience an animator has.

Taking this into consideration the mean annual salary of animators is $62,380 according to May 2008 figures from the BLS.

The top 10% of earners in animation jobs made $48.27 per hour in 2008--an annual wage of $100,390.

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Recent blockbuster animated films such as Avatar, Up, and Shrek have captured the imagination and critical praise of movie goers from around the world.

These entertaining films have also given millions of individuals a glimpse of what animation and animators are capable of.

If you have a keen interest in animation, this career field may be an interesting job route to explore. Check with your graphic design college or university to see what types of courses are offered in animation and mulitmedia and see if these classes are right for you.


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Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing
ABCO Technology , Los Angeles
  • An accredited computer training academy preparing students to enter the IT industry as Network Engineers, Software Engineers, Web Apps Developer, Website Designers, Programmers, Database Administrators since 2000.
  • Holds A+ certification from CompTIA.
  • Located in Los Angeles, approximately 10 minutes away from LAX.
  • Flexible class schedules offered during day times, evenings and weekends.
  • Helping students start a career in technology within 3 - 9 months.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
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Graphic Arts - Information Design (BS)
CollegeAmerica , Flagstaff
  • A private, nonprofit college investing in its students since 1964.
  • Gives students a new laptop they can keep as a gift upon graduation.
  • Has seven campus location plus online degree programs offered through their partner Stevens-Henager College.
  • Lets students choose when their program begins with monthly start dates.
  • Offers a complimentary Career Assessments to prospective students.

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Graphic Design (AS)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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Platt College , Alhambra
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Graphic Design Associates - Web and Interactive Design Specialization
  • Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1900, with over 40 diverse online degree programs.
  • Offers a comprehensive student services team (SUPPORT+) composed of financial aid advisors, academic tutors, career service advisors, and more.
  • Operates as a Public Benefit Corporation school, that puts students first and maintains a commitment to the communities they serve.
  • Features a DreamReal program, that provides students with career guidance from enrollment to graduation, helps them to make connections in their community, and more.
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