Outlook for Film Animation Careers

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

Industry Statistics for Film Animation Careers

tools of animation trade on animators deskFilm 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 2013.

According to Box Office Mojo, four of the top 15 grossing movies in 2013—”Frozen,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Monsters University” and “The Croods”—were strictly animated films.

And that’s not even counting the computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects, which 10 other movies—such titles as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Iron Man 3,” “Gravity” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” among them in the top 15 used.

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) 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, there were about 64,400 multimedia artists and animators in 2014, with employment expected to reach 68,300 by 2024. 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: Consumers spent $21.53 billion on video games, apps, hardware and accessories in 2013; digital content, mobile apps and social networking games accounted for 53 percent 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.

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