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So you invited your friends and family over to celebrate another milestone in your life: Your completion of that much-coveted online animation degree.
After gushing about how much you love to learn animation, and how much you learned in online school to the people you care about, you’re finally alone.
Now, you start asking that million-dollar question: What does the future hold for me now?
Don’t fret. Here’s a list of some careers you can have with your online animation degree:
Those who complete the degree can take the animator career track in either the movie, television or computer and video games industry.
An animator’s job essentially consists of creating multiple frames of images so that when they are seen together, they create the illusion of movement.
The images can be either drawn by hand or be created digitally.
To create the digital images, animators can work with either computer-generated animation, stop-frame animation or 2D and 3D model-making.
An animator’s responsibilities may also include the following:
- Coordinating with clients for the development of storyboards and concepts
- Delivering presentations to solicit funding
- Recording dialogue for the finished animation
- Meeting deadlines
An animator’s median annual salary, according to recent available data from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $70,530.
If animation is not your thing, then you can still exercise that creativity and become a graphic designer.
A graphic designer conceptualizes and creates visuals with the aim of getting a specific message across to an intended audience.
The message and the type of visuals vary, depending on the preference of the graphic designer’s client.
For instance, a graphic designer may create logos that encapsulate a brand’s core values, graphics that simplify the process of obtaining a license, or brochures that advertise a new real estate project.
He or she may do this by hand or through digital means.
Graphic designers may do freelance work or may be employed by a graphics company.
A graphic designer’s responsibilities may also include the following:
- Coordinating creative concepts with clients on a regular basis
- Gathering of information for the visuals to be created
- Ensuring smooth operation of equipment to be used for final output
Based on the latest available data from the bureau, the median annual salary of a graphic designer is $50,370.
If you’re not up to conceptualizing your own ideas just yet, then take the production artist track.
A production artist’s job description is very similar to that of a graphic designer, except that he or she is not involved in the process of conceptualization of the visuals.
The production artist is only typically present in the execution of the creative concept, in the “final checkpoint,” so he or she reviews the final output, checks for any redundancy, prints copies of the final output, among other things.
The production artist actually answers to the creative bosses themselves, and these creative bosses may be the client or even the graphic designer of the company.
Production artists may be freelancers or may be employed by a creative company.
A production artist’s other responsibilities may include the following:
- Archiving graphics and other important documents
- Monitoring trends in graphic design
The median annual salary of a production artist is around $43,875.
A person who has completed an online animation degree may also take the web designer track instead.
A web designer essentially conceptualizes and creates web pages for his or her client.
The web designer decides how to make the site appealing and user-friendly, not just when accessed through a laptop, but also when accessed through other devices such as the mobile phone.
The design, however, should not only meet the creative standards of the client. It should also allow for speedy loading of the site.
The web designer may also be responsible for maintaining the site.
Web designers may be freelancers or may be employed by a company.
Below are some of a web designer’s other possible responsibilities:
- Registration of web domain
- Post-website designing technical support
- Proofreading of some website content
A website designer’s median annual salary is $46, 592, according to the latest available data.
Those who completed an online animation degree, you, in this case, don’t need to worry because they have a bright future ahead of them.
The degree, after all, offers that flexibility that gives them multiple career paths to choose from.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts growth in animation jobs from 2018 to 2028 due primarily to an increased demand for visuals in this very tech-oriented world.
This means that graduates of an online animation degree can expect to land employment even after graduation in the years to come.
If there’s anything these graduates should be concerned about, then, it’s only making the choice of which career path to take.