Animator at a Glance

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Best States for Animator

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
California 9,220 $84,590 $41
Washington 2,530 $68,480 $33
Oregon 640 $60,570 $29

Becoming an Animator

Potential employers will favor candidates with an impressive portfolio of work and evidence of strong computer skills. An online or on-campus bachelor's degree program in animation, computer animation, or fine art can provide students with the technical knowledge and portfolio of work they need to be competitive in today's job market. Some schools offer specialized degrees or degrees with a concentration in interactive media or game design.

Most animation degree programs begin with classes that teach the foundations of traditional art, such as life drawing, anatomy, shading and lighting, and color theory. A sampling of classes you may take in an animation program, drawn from course listing for Full Sail University's bachelor's of science in computer animation program, include:

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Character Design and Creation
  • Software Technology
  • Animation Production

Animators must balance their artistic talent with solid technical and computer skills, and may be stronger in one area over the other. Animation studios often use their own software and computer applications, and newly hired animators can expect a set period of on-the-job training to learn these tools. In addition to a high level of artistry and technical knowledge, animators should possess strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the physical stamina to work long hours.