Graphic Design Spotlight: Animation and Animators Part II
Do You Have What It Takes?
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.
Can You Walk and Chew Gum?
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.
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..."
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.