Animation Career Description

The world of animation has evolved from hand-drawn cell transparency drawing per slide into full computer-managed digital animation now used in film animation.  One only needs to look at current Pixar and DreamWorks to see the promise of digital animation.  But film animation is just of the many animation careers, you have the following as well:

  • Video animation for game developers has progressed into high definition with the need for virtual life-like animation
  • Web animation is another area currently dominated with the use of Adobe Flash for rendering entire webpages in Flash or parts of it.  This tools has become the de facto standard for web animation artists to use when deploying intensely creative webpages.
  • Television animation is a subset of film animation with the TV medium instead of the big screen.  The technology is basically identity.
  • Illustrators rendering technical subjects have started using animation to better illustrate the workings of electro-mechanical appliances. This is also done in medical sites to explain how body systems work.


A degree in art schools such as commercial art, industrial designs often helps to beef up your credentials. Getting certificated for educational online programs focused on the use of computer systems for visual arts can also be an asset.


Competent animators are always in demand even outside of film and video gaming companies. Most computer animation careers have evolved from traditional positions in handling cell animation and for novice animators, the best opportunities for employment lie on having been an apprentice to one of these veteran animators with a good portfolio of works up your sleeve.  As part of the multimedia industry, an animator can command about $56,000 to a high of $76,000 annually.