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Outlook for Film Animation Careers

Get the scoop on what to expect in the film animation industry

Industry Statistics for Film Animation Careers

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Film animation in all its forms—from special effects to 100 percent CGI—is a force to be reckoned with. The potential for growth in the film animation industry is clearly evident in the box office statistics from 2021.

According to Box Office Mojo, some of the top grossing movies in 2021, such as "Raya and the Last Dragon," "Tom and Jerry," and "The Croods: A New Age," were animated films.

And that doesn't include films with computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects, which includes movies such as "Raya and the Last Dragon," "Godzilla vs. Kong," "Cruella," and "Black Widow," all in the top grossing films of the year.

Good News for Animation Students

That's good news for aspiring animators. Job opportunities in film animation and other sectors of the animation job market are on the rise. That doesn't mean you won't face stiff competition in your job search. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) current Occupational Outlook Handbook, there were about 62,400 multimedia artists and animators in 2020, with employment expected to reach 72,300 through 2030. The overall demand for animators is increasing.

Why? Animation has moved way beyond just television cartoons and motion pictures.

Where Else Can I Work with an Animation Degree?

Animators now have opportunities to work in video game design, special effects, web animation, advertising and e-learning, in addition to opportunities in traditional film animation.

In fact, the BLS predicts video games, movies and television will be the three biggest career growth industries, as well as increased demand for animation on mobile devices and tablets. Statistics compiled by the Entertainment Software Association are extremely positive, with no sign of slowing down in the future: Americans spent $43.4 billion on video games, hardware, and accessories in 2019; digital content, mobile apps and social networking games accounted for 53% of those game purchases.

With employment options for animators opening up in many different arenas, this is a great time to start your career. Getting an education may well be the best way to give you an edge when you begin searching for an internship or job within the field.

National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.