What does a Flash Animator do? Where does a Flash Animator work? ACR takes a look:
About Flash Animators
Flash animators create animation for web sites, videos, advertising and marketing, games, education materials, and more. Flash animators coordinate with creative directors to ensure that the animation compliments the design and works in harmony with the technology used to drive the finished product.
Flash Animator Jobs
Flash animators create animation to enhance everything from banners to web sites. They work with a variety of software such as Macromedia Flash, Adobe Flash, Creative Suite, and Dreamweaver (formerly Macromedia Dreamweaver), 3DS Max, and After Effects. Flash animators have excellent design, art, and layout skills as well as a superior command of high-end 3D packages.
Flash animators work in educational publishing, advertising and public relations, the motion picture and video industries, software publishing, game design and development, specialized design services, computer systems design and related services, marketing firms, web design firms, graphic design firms, the mobile technology industry and more.
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Flash Animator Salaries
Flash animators belong to the broad career group multimedia artists and animators. The median annual wage for multimedia artists and animators is $61,370 per year. The lowest paid multimedia artists and animators earned less than $34,860. The highest paid earned $113,470 per year. At $72,680, multimedia artists and animators working in the motion picture and video industries earn the highest median annual wage of the top five industries for this profession.
It is important to note that multimedia artist and animator salaries may vary by experience, type and size of company, and even geographic location. For example, California-based multimedia artists and animators average $88,150 per year—the nation’s highest average salary for this profession, while Arkansas-based artists average $40,890—one of the lowest.
The top five highest paying states for multimedia artists and animators are California ($88,150 per year), Washington State ($76,900), District of Columbia ($76,110), New York ($72,530), and New Mexico ($70,310).
Becoming a Flash Animator
A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement to become a Flash animator. Common degree paths include animation, computer animation, art, fine art, graphic design, illustration, or game development. Some top employer's or higher level positions may require an advanced degree in one of these areas.
Experience with industry software programs is also required as well as excellent hand drawing skills. As mentioned, Flash animators work with software programs and tools such as Macromedia Flash, Adobe Flash, Creative Suite, and Dreamweaver (formerly Macromedia Dreamweaver), 3DS Max, and After Effects.
Job Trends for Flash Animators
Employment for multimedia artists and animators is expected to grow six percent from 2012 to 2022. Projected employment growth for animators and multimedia artists will be the result of increased demand for animation and more realistic visual effects in video games, films, and television. However, job growth may be slowed by companies hiring artists and animators who work overseas for lower wages. The increasing demand for computer graphics for mobile devices may counter slow growth by creating more job opportunities in the massive mobile industry.
Despite slow job growth, competition for job opportunities in animation will remain strong. The Bureau says, “Opportunities should be best for those who have a wide range of skills or who specialize in a highly specific type of animation or effect.” Still, as of January 2014, the U.S. was home to an impressive population of 68,900 multimedia artists and animators, making it the third largest career field in the world of Art and Design. At 259,500, graphic designers represent the largest group.
Job opportunities for animators and multimedia artists can be found all over the U.S. However, five states have the highest employment levels. California has the highest, followed by New York, Washington, Texas, and Illinois.
Awesome Animation Fact: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was America's first animated feature film. Released in 1937, the Disney film cost $1.4 million to produce and remains one of the few animated films listed in the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time.