Also known as 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator), 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist), Animator, Artist, Digital Artist, Graphic Artist, Illustrator, Motion Graphics Artist, Multimedia Producer
Also known as 3D Animator (Three-Dimensional Animator), 3D Artist (Three-Dimensional Artist), Animator
Special Effects Artists create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Special Effects Artists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Special Effects Artists. More generally, Special Effects Artists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Special Effects Artist is $77,700, and the average salary is $88,080. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Special Effects Artist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Special Effects Artists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Special Effects Artists earn less than $42,390 per year, 25% earn less than $56,890, 75% earn less than $108,640, and 90% earn less than $142,750.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Special Effects Artists is expected to change by 15.9%, and there should be roughly 7,800 open positions for Special Effects Artists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Special Effects Artist are usually higher in their Artistic and Investigative interests.
Special Effects Artists typically have very strong Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Also, Special Effects Artists typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Special Effects Artist tend to value Independence, Achievement, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Special Effects Artists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Second, Special Effects Artists strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Lastly, Special Effects Artists moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Special Effects Artists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, cooperation, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Special Effects Artists, ranked by importance:
Many Special Effects Artists will have a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Special Effects Artists usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Special Effects Artists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as computers and electronics, design, or communications and media knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Special Effects Artists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Special Effects Artists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Special Effects Artists need abilities such as oral comprehension, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Special Effects Artists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Special Effects Artists frequently use skills like active listening, reading comprehension, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Special Effects Artists, ranked by their relative importance.
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