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Multimedia Artist - US News and World Report

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Multimedia Artist - US News and World Report

As one of the 50 best careers of 2010, this should have strong growth over the next decade Slide Show: America's Best Careers 2010 Artist - Flash [San Francisco, California] Senior Flash Engineer - Top Gaming Company - Java - C++ - 2D Multimedia artists can help us envision worlds that are beyond our imagination: galaxies far, far away; trips to the future and the past; even a glimpse of our world through someone else's eyes. As a multimedia artist, you may work in film, video game design, advertising, Web development, or animation. Multimedia artists use computers to create characters, landscapes, and special effects for much of the media we consume today. You may also be responsible for drawing storyboards of scenes and plotlines for producers to evaluate. Multimedia artists work with programmers to bring their creations to life. The title of multimedia artist can also apply to fine artists who utilize film and computers in their creative projects. Multimedia art offers the best outlook among artist occupations. Employment in the multimedia arts, whether in film, advertising, or Web development, is expected to rise by 11,200 jobs, or more than 14 percent, between 2008 and 2018, boosted in part by the growth in mobile technology and in the production of 3-D animated movies. But competition will be steep, reflecting an increasing interest in the field. Artists may begin with basic duties at a design or production firm and, as they learn from other artists, will gain increased responsibilities. Freelance artists can charge more for their work as they complete higher-profile projects and gain wider recognition. Low. Multimedia artists spend many hours in front of a computer screen and thus may experience eyestrain, as well as wrist or back pain. Average. Many multimedia artists work flexible hours, but those employed by a company may work extra hours during big projects. A bachelor's degree is generally required to become a multimedia artist, because of the technical expertise required in this position. Multimedia artists study art and design, as well as computer science and film. They must display a strong portfolio of drawings and computer-generated art and animation. It helps to have experience at a design or advertising firm or a film production company. Those who freelance must be skilled at networking and self-promotion. 's Fine Arts Specialty Rankings: Multimedia/Visual Communications For non-self-employed multimedia artists, median annual earnings in 2008 were $56,330. Wages start around $31,570 a year, but the top 10 percent of multimedia artists and animators make more than $100,390 annually. Salaries differ for the type of multimedia art created: In the motion picture industry, average annual earnings were $71,910, for those in advertising, they were lower, at $57,740. The income of freelance multimedia artists is variable. Some can charge a great amount for their services based on the strength of their portfolio and reputation. Salary for multimedia artists in the fine arts can be quite low....

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