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Multimedia Artists

Multimedia artists create animation, special effects and other types of visual images using film, video, computers and other types of electronic tools and media. Their creations are used in movies, computer games, commercials and music videos. Some of the common job titles are illustrator, animator, artist, digital artist, 3D animator and graphic artist.

A multimedia artist utilizes computers to create a series of pictures that make animated images and special effects for various types of media. Multimedia artists often utilize computers to create three dimensional models and work with programmers to make the images move. Some multimedia artists create story boards for movies, animated features and television commercials.

Some of the speciality areas for electronic games are, character artist and animator: Creates characters and makes them move. Background artist or modeler: Develops the backgrounds or environments for games. Texture artist: Develops the surface detail of objects that are shown on the screen.

Responsibilities

  • Script, plan and develop animated narrative sequences
  • Make characters or objects appear lifelike
  • Design graphics and animation by using computer equipment
  • Develop two dimensional and three dimensional images depicting moving objects
  • Create story boards that display the flow of animation and map out vital scenes and characters
  • Illustrate a process utilizing computer animation or modeling programs
  • Create drawings, designs and illustrations for direct mail, product labels, television and cartons
  • Create multimedia presentations, brochures, promotional products, web pages, computer artwork and technical illustrations for use in products, slide shows, technical manuals and other subjects

Job Characteristics

Multimedia artists typically work 40 hours a week, however during busy periods they often work overtime to meet deadlines. Multimedia artists and animators need good aptitude with geometry and need to be knowledgeable with animation and modeling software. A multimedia artist needs to be creative and detail oriented. Good visualization abilities is important for the occupation.

Employment Multimedia Artists

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment growth for multimedia artists to be 26% from 2006 to 2016. In 2006, there were 87,000 jobs. In 2008 the median annual earnings was $56,330.

Some of the top paying industries for multimedia artists and animators are information services, motion picture and video, specialized design services and aerospace product and parts manufacturing. Numerous multimedia artists are self-employed.

The demand for multimedia artists and animators will increase due to consumers demand for realistic video games, 3D animated movies and movie and television special effects. Additional demand for multimedia artists occurs from web site development and for the computer graphics adaptation for mobile technologies.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many multimedia artists have earned a bachelor's degree in art or design. A college degree is not required, however the training provided in college programs is very beneficial. Many colleges and universities provide bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts.

Art and design schools also provide a certificate in the specialty of multimedia arts and also associate and bachelor's degrees in fine arts. Programs offered at art and design schools usually emphasize studio work more than programs provided by universities. A large number of educational programs in art also include training in computer techniques.

A multimedia artist's portfolio is a major factor for employers such as art directors. Employers look for an indication of talent and skill in a candidate's portfolio. Creating a quality portfolio typically requires the skills developed via post secondary training in art or visual communications. Internships also provide artists an opportunity to develop and improve their portfolio.

Resources

Major Employers

The top job providing industries are motion picture and video, advertising and related services, computer systems design and related services, software publishers and specialized design services.

Schools for Multimedia Artists are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Multimedia Artists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Multimedia Artists jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 50 $68,240
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 200 $53,010
Mesa 200 $53,010
Phoenix 200 $53,010
Tucson N/A $67,540
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 40 $36,420
North Little Rock 40 $36,420
Little Rock 40 $36,420
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 6530 $82,220
Anaheim 6530 $82,220
Long Beach 6530 $82,220
San Francisco 1860 $82,080
Oakland 1860 $82,080
Hayward 1860 $82,080
Santa Clara 700 $72,680
Sunnyvale 700 $72,680
San Jose 700 $72,680
Carlsbad 650 $60,890
San Diego 650 $60,890
Sacramento 110 $63,340
Roseville 110 $63,340
Arden 110 $63,340
Arcade 110 $63,340
San Bernardino 40 $63,540
Ontario 40 $63,540
Riverside 40 $63,540
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 180 $59,310
Aurora 180 $59,310
Denver 180 $59,310
Boulder 100 $56,290
Fort Collins N/A $68,410
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 320 N/A
East Hartford 320 N/A
West Hartford 320 N/A
Norwalk 270 $68,530
Bridgeport 270 $68,530
Stamford 270 $68,530
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sanford 300 $57,990
Kissimmee 300 $57,990
Orlando 300 $57,990
St. Petersburg 290 $53,510
Clearwater 290 $53,510
Tampa 290 $53,510
Miami 250 $57,750
West Palm Beach 250 $57,750
Fort Lauderdale 250 $57,750
Jacksonville 110 $54,410
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell N/A $50,720
Sandy Springs N/A $50,720
Atlanta N/A $50,720
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 40 $59,770
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 30 $67,620
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford N/A $69,750
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 60 $49,090
Carmel 60 $49,090
Indianapolis 60 $49,090
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 40 $41,730
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 350 $67,600
New Orleans 350 $67,600
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 270 $66,760
Columbia 270 $66,760
Baltimore 270 $66,760
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 190 $51,990
Dearborn 190 $51,990
Detroit 190 $51,990
Wyoming 60 $37,920
Grand Rapids 60 $37,920
Ann Arbor 60 $61,840
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 120 $62,270
Henderson 120 $62,270
Las Vegas 120 $62,270
Reno 50 $67,100
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 40 $58,420
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 40 $48,270
Troy N/A $58,060
Schenectady N/A $58,060
Albany N/A $58,060
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 420 $54,980
Chapel Hill 80 $65,010
Durham 80 $65,010
Salem 40 $61,600
Winston 40 $61,600
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 60 $50,790
Elyria 60 $50,790
Columbus 60 $56,620
Dayton 40 $56,410
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 50 $48,200
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 50 $66,350
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Harrisburg 90 N/A
Carlisle 90 N/A
Pittsburgh 70 $49,040
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 60 $53,820
Charleston 60 $53,820
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 30 $41,200
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 170 $46,380
Murfreesboro 170 $46,380
Davidson 170 $46,380
Nashville 170 $46,380
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 670 $60,970
Dallas 670 $60,970
Arlington 670 $60,970
Austin 640 $52,580
Round Rock 640 $52,580
Sugar Land 290 $66,150
The Woodlands 290 $66,150
Houston 290 $66,150
New Braunfels 120 $76,790
San Antonio 120 $76,790
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 90 $62,770
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond N/A $70,780
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 1370 $78,600
Bellevue 1370 $78,600
Tacoma 1370 $78,600
Spokane Valley N/A $53,080
Spokane N/A $53,080
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 90 $49,970
West Allis 90 $53,080
Milwaukee 90 $53,080
Waukesha 90 $53,080

Most Popular Industries for :
Multimedia Artists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 10,610 34% $54,330
Movie And Music 9,060 29% $65,550
Traditional Publishing 3,760 12% $55,940
Media And Broadcasting 1,590 5% $44,430
Performing Arts And Sports 1,130 3% $49,850
Education 1,050 3% $47,810
Other Information Services 1,030 3% $74,690
Office Services And Staffing 470 1% $55,920
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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