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Select, Find and Prepare for Animation Careers and Jobs - all on one page


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This page will take you through 4 steps to (1) Select from Animation careers/jobs, (2) Find Animation job listings, (3) Prepare for Animation careers, and (4) Provide Animation career-specific resources.

Step 1: Select a Career/Job: This page starts with 4 ways for you to identify and select from listings of Animation careers/jobs:
A) Fastest Growing Animation Careers - 2020 to 2030 (est.)
These listings are based on job growth estimates and helps you to identify the fastest growing and evolving Animation careers. Some careers may not initially seem related to Animation, so relevant Animation jobs are listed alongside each listing. This can also help us to identify which careers (bottom of the listing) may have negative growth - perhaps due to automation or planned obsolescence.
B) Median Annual Salary U.S. Animation Careers
These listings are sorted (descending) by median annual salary in the U.S. This may help us to identify our ideal career. We may not qualify at this time for the desired career, but this listing and the results provided can help us to explore job details, as well as learn how to appropriately prepare for the career.
C) Animation Career Ladders (Educational Requirements)
These listings will help us to identify Animation careers sorted by educational requirements (with the most difficult to obtain listed first). This may help us to identify career ladders (as we scroll down the list), and help us to get jobs that we qualify for now.
D) Select From a Listing of 26 Animation Jobs.
The list may be quite long. There are two ways you might like to use this list:
1) Filter - As you enter a word, you will filter (limit) the list of jobs
2) Browse the list (Don't Filter) - You can simply explore the list of jobs. There may be many that you might never have considered to be of interest.
Once you have identified an job of interest, simply click on it.

Step 2: Find a Job: After you have selected a career/job above, you will see current jobs listings. You can change the location, distance from location and recency as desired. Each of the listings will link to a current job opening.

Job listings (based on your criteria) can be sent daily to your inbox, so you always have access to the latest opportunities. Complete the short form to start - you can opt out anytime.

Step 3: Prepare For a Career: In this section you will gain access to detailed information to help you prepare for the chosen career. Information may include (not every career choice includes all of the elements below - updates occur quarterly):
Core and Supplemental Duties: Lists the worker-related tasks performed
General and Specific Work Activities: Summarizes the broad and more specific types of behaviors related to the career
Knowledge Required: Provides the requirements regarding the acquisition of facts and principles
Skills Required: Provides basic skills and cross-functional skills needed
Preparation Required: Provides a summary of the required experience and education
Educational Requirements: Detailed breakdown of the education required
Work Experience Required: Detailed breakdown of the prior work experience required
Local Salary Information: Provides national and local salary ranges
Certifications: Provides appropriate government and private-sector certifications and/or credentials that may be required
Professional Associations: Provides professional associations that are related to the career selected
Job Listings: Provides links to active current job listings for the selected career, along with multiple similar job titles to explore. All details appear on this page
Career Start: Provides up to 10 careers requiring similar capabilities and interests (for starting a similar career)
Career Change: Provides up to 10 careers requiring similar skills and experience (for changing a career).

** If you clicked on a link from section D (as described in Step 1 above), you will see one or more links to an occupation that is usually a bit more general than your initial job selection - the link(s) is directly related to the specific job you identified through your prior selections.
*NOTE: It is possible that there may not be a career path identified for the specific job you selected in Step 1. If this is the case, scroll up the page and click on a different career/job.

Step 4: Career-Specific Resources (detailed and constantly updated): Continue to scroll down the page and you will find tabs that provide detailed (updated) links specific to the career you selected. This information includes:
Videos: Provides a listing of video links related to this career. A great way to get a quick overview of the occupation.
Resumes: Sources for resume materials and techniques. This can help to get you started.
Job Description: Sources that provide job descriptions, which are vital to resume and interview preparation.
Interviews: Provides links that can help you to prepare for and successfully complete the job interview. Can also assist with coffee chats.
Step by Step: Provides links to resources that can help to organize the career search process.
LinkedIn: One of the best professional social media sites that provides links, opportunities, and networking specifically for careers and career development.

Step 1 of 4: Select a Career/Job

13 Animation careers are listed below (sorted by Percentage Change in Total Job Openings - 2020 to 2030 est.). Animation-related jobs specific to each career are also provided. This shows which careers are emerging and growing the fastest. Please Scroll and Select below:

Occupations U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030 (% change) Animation-Related Jobs

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 37% Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Makeup Artist; Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 37% Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Makeup Artist; Special Effects Technician
Film and Video Editors 33.2% Special Effects Designer
Occupation: Film and Video Editors U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 33.2% Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film 24.1% Animation Camera Operator; Special Effects Designer
Occupation: Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 24.1% Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Camera Operator; Special Effects Designer
Producers and Directors 24.1% Animation Director; Animation Producer
Occupation: Producers and Directors U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 24.1% Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Director; Animation Producer
Sound Engineering Technicians 17.4% Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Sound Engineering Technicians U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 17.4% Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Technician
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 17.3% 3D Artist (Three Dimensional Artist); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); Animated Cartoons Painter
Occupation: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 17.3% Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Artist (Three Dimensional Artist); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); Animated Cartoons Painter
Special Effects Artists and Animators 15.8% 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer); 3D Editor (Three-Dimensional Editor); 3D Modeler (Three-Dimensional Modeler); 3D Specialist (Three-Dimensional Specialist); Animation Artist; Animation Director; Animation Producer; Animator; Cartoon Animator; Computer Animator; Special Effects Artist; Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Specialist; Special Effects Technician; Storyboard Artist; Video Game Animator
Occupation: Special Effects Artists and Animators U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 15.8% Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer); 3D Editor (Three-Dimensional Editor); 3D Modeler (Three-Dimensional Modeler); 3D Specialist (Three-Dimensional Specialist); Animation Artist; Animation Director; Animation Producer; Animator; Cartoon Animator; Computer Animator; Special Effects Artist; Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Specialist; Special Effects Technician; Storyboard Artist; Video Game Animator
Broadcast Technicians 11.2% Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Broadcast Technicians U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 11.2% Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Technician
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 10.1% 3D Art Instructor (Three-Dimensional Art Instructor)
Occupation: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 10.1% Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Art Instructor (Three-Dimensional Art Instructor)
Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other 8.6% Special Effects and Instruction Models Gardener
Occupation: Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 8.6% Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects and Instruction Models Gardener
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 8.6% 3D Technologist
Occupation: Radiologic Technologists and Technicians U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 8.6% Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Technologist
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 6.3% Animated Cartoons Painter
Occupation: Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 6.3% Animation-Related Jobs: Animated Cartoons Painter
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary 3.4% Animation Instructor
Occupation: Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary U.S. Job Openings 2020-2030: 3.4% Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Instructor

13 Animation careers are listed below (sorted by U.S. National Median Salary). Animation-related jobs specific to each occupation are also provided. Please Scroll and Select below::

Occupations National Median Salary Animation-Related Jobs

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance $ 106,920 Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Makeup Artist; Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance National Median Salary: $ 106,920 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Makeup Artist; Special Effects Technician
Special Effects Artists and Animators $ 77,700 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer); 3D Editor (Three-Dimensional Editor); 3D Modeler (Three-Dimensional Modeler); 3D Specialist (Three-Dimensional Specialist); Animation Artist; Animation Director; Animation Producer; Animator; Cartoon Animator; Computer Animator; Special Effects Artist; Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Specialist; Special Effects Technician; Storyboard Artist; Video Game Animator
Occupation: Special Effects Artists and Animators National Median Salary: $ 77,700 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer); 3D Editor (Three-Dimensional Editor); 3D Modeler (Three-Dimensional Modeler); 3D Specialist (Three-Dimensional Specialist); Animation Artist; Animation Director; Animation Producer; Animator; Cartoon Animator; Computer Animator; Special Effects Artist; Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Specialist; Special Effects Technician; Storyboard Artist; Video Game Animator
Producers and Directors $ 76,400 Animation Director; Animation Producer
Occupation: Producers and Directors National Median Salary: $ 76,400 Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Director; Animation Producer
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $ 69,690 3D Art Instructor (Three-Dimensional Art Instructor)
Occupation: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary National Median Salary: $ 69,690 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Art Instructor (Three-Dimensional Art Instructor)
Film and Video Editors $ 67,250 Special Effects Designer
Occupation: Film and Video Editors National Median Salary: $ 67,250 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians $ 61,900 3D Technologist
Occupation: Radiologic Technologists and Technicians National Median Salary: $ 61,900 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Technologist
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film $ 57,200 Animation Camera Operator; Special Effects Designer
Occupation: Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film National Median Salary: $ 57,200 Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Camera Operator; Special Effects Designer
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary $ 55,620 Animation Instructor
Occupation: Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary National Median Salary: $ 55,620 Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Instructor
Sound Engineering Technicians $ 53,520 Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Sound Engineering Technicians National Median Salary: $ 53,520 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Technician
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators $ 52,340 3D Artist (Three Dimensional Artist); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); Animated Cartoons Painter
Occupation: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators National Median Salary: $ 52,340 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Artist (Three Dimensional Artist); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); Animated Cartoons Painter
Broadcast Technicians $ 43,570 Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Broadcast Technicians National Median Salary: $ 43,570 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Technician
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers $ 34,780 Animated Cartoons Painter
Occupation: Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers National Median Salary: $ 34,780 Animation-Related Jobs: Animated Cartoons Painter
Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other $ 34,210 Special Effects and Instruction Models Gardener
Occupation: Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other National Median Salary: $ 34,210 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects and Instruction Models Gardener

12 Animation careers are listed (sorted by Education/Preparation Requirements - descending) to provide career ladders. Animation-related jobs specific to each career are also provided.

Education/Preparation Categories:
5 = Usually requires graduate school (e.g., Master's degree, Ph.D., M.D., or J.D.)
4 = Usually requires a four-year Bachelor's degree
3 = Usually requires vocational training, related on-the-job experience, or Associate's degree
2 = Usually requires a high school diploma
1 = May require a high school diploma or GED certificate
Please Scroll and Select below:
Occupations Education/Preparation Animation-Related Jobs

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5 3D Art Instructor (Three-Dimensional Art Instructor)
Occupation: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary Education/Preparation: 5 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Art Instructor (Three-Dimensional Art Instructor)
Film and Video Editors 4 Special Effects Designer
Occupation: Film and Video Editors Education/Preparation: 4 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer
Producers and Directors 4 Animation Director; Animation Producer
Occupation: Producers and Directors Education/Preparation: 4 Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Director; Animation Producer
Special Effects Artists and Animators 4 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer); 3D Editor (Three-Dimensional Editor); 3D Modeler (Three-Dimensional Modeler); 3D Specialist (Three-Dimensional Specialist); Animation Artist; Animation Director; Animation Producer; Animator; Cartoon Animator; Computer Animator; Special Effects Artist; Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Specialist; Special Effects Technician; Storyboard Artist; Video Game Animator
Occupation: Special Effects Artists and Animators Education/Preparation: 4 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); 3D Designer (Three-dimensional Designer); 3D Editor (Three-Dimensional Editor); 3D Modeler (Three-Dimensional Modeler); 3D Specialist (Three-Dimensional Specialist); Animation Artist; Animation Director; Animation Producer; Animator; Cartoon Animator; Computer Animator; Special Effects Artist; Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Specialist; Special Effects Technician; Storyboard Artist; Video Game Animator
Broadcast Technicians 3 Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Broadcast Technicians Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Technician
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film 3 Animation Camera Operator; Special Effects Designer
Occupation: Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Camera Operator; Special Effects Designer
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary 3 Animation Instructor
Occupation: Career/Technical Education Teachers, Postsecondary Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: Animation Instructor
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators 3 3D Artist (Three Dimensional Artist); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); Animated Cartoons Painter
Occupation: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Artist (Three Dimensional Artist); 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist); Animated Cartoons Painter
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 3 Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Makeup Artist; Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Makeup Artist; Special Effects Technician
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 3 3D Technologist
Occupation: Radiologic Technologists and Technicians Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: 3D Technologist
Sound Engineering Technicians 3 Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Technician
Occupation: Sound Engineering Technicians Education/Preparation: 3 Animation-Related Jobs: Special Effects Designer; Special Effects Technician
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers 1 Animated Cartoons Painter
Occupation: Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers Education/Preparation: 1 Animation-Related Jobs: Animated Cartoons Painter

Scroll through the picklist (below). There are 26 specific Animation jobs listed. Select those that may be of interest - you will get active job listing links, along with detailed resources to help you prepare for a career related to that job.
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Step 3 of 4: Prepare For a Career

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