Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

Whether you call them vintage, classic or old-timey, the animated series of the 1950s were wildly entertaining and way ahead of their time. Although some people may think cartoons are just for kids, the carefully constructed plots and clever characters actually attracted audiences of all ages.

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Animation is a multibillion-dollar, global industry that has a place in more major industries that you think. While most people associate animation with entertainment (i.e. television, film, gaming), it is viewed as a powerful communication tool in advertising, business, education, interior design, architecture, medicine, engineering, and technology. In fact, besides the film and video industry, the industries with the highest levels of employment for animators are computer systems design; software publishing; advertising, public relations, and related services; and other information services—in that order.

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Disney is one of the world’s leading producers and providers of entertainment and information.

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Landing an animation internship at one of the world’s best animation studios would be a dream come true for any animation student. But scoring an opportunity at one of the top animation studios in Japan? Well that’s just another layer of icing on the cake. While a local internship is an excellent resume builder, and it can even turn into a permanent position, now more than ever before employers value global experience in a potential candidate. And this is true in just about every progressive industry—including animation. 

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Mississippi may not be the first place you think of when it comes to animation, but the state does have a lot to offer artists and designers of all kinds. First, the state is home to art museums of all sizes such as Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson (the state’s largest city), Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, and OHR-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Next, Besides the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson is home to the Mississippi Film Office, which offers incentives for filmmakers of all kinds. The office has attracted Hollywood productions such as Act of Valor (2012), The Help (2011), Walk the Line (2005), O, Brother Where Art Thou? (2000), A Time to Kill (1996), The Insider (1995), Mississippi Burning (1988) and The Client (1994). 

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North Dakota is home to more than 4,500 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. They work in areas ranging from graphic design and editing to film and video production and photography. Although the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has not determined the number of animators working in North Dakota, the state is home to several production studios and associations that helps locate resources for visiting filmmakers. This helps attract productions to the state, which creates opportunities for animators interested in working in the film and video industry.

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From Chadron State Park to the Omaha skyline, Nebraska has provided some of the most breathtaking backdrops for productions of all kinds. Just a few movies shot in Nebraska include Downsizing (coming 2017), Nebraska (2013), Lucky (2011), Elizabethtown (2005), About Schmidt (2002), and Election (1999). Thanks to the Nebraska Film Office, the Eastern Nebraska Film Office, and other organizations, productions such as these are common in the state. These organizations encourage film and video production through contests, training programs, resources, and tax incentives.

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Alabama has an art and design scene that highlights art museums such as Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, Huntsville Museum of art, and Mobile Museum of Art. The state is also home to dozens of contemporary art galleries, design centers, and performing arts venues, as well as an active film office. The Alabama Film Office offers incentives, easy access to beautiful locations, and an endless amount of resources for filmmakers. This attracts productions of all kinds to the state. Just a few include Selma (2014), Failure to Launch (2006), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Big Fish (2003). 

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The State of Kansas has fairly active film, game, and multimedia arts and animation scenes. First, the state is home to the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, which has attracted productions such as Friday Night Lights (2004), Nurse Betty (2000), Mars Attacks (1996), Truman (1995), and Dances with Wolves (1990). And who could forget in Cold Blood (1967)? Next, the state is home to nearly 50 animation, visual effects, and production studios, hundreds of creative agencies, and more than 65 technology firms. 

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With a population of just 935,614 (2014), Delaware is one of the smallest states in the U.S. Still, this tiny territory has big dreams when it comes to attracting creative industries such as filmmaking. In fact, the state legislature recently approved the formation of a Motion Picture and Television Development Commission that will work under the Department of Finance. The state hopes that the move will bring more jobs and money into Delaware. The state is already home to the Delaware Film Office, which is a private non-profit organization that promotes the Video Game, Motion Picture, Television Production, and New Media industries in Delaware. The growth of organizations such as these may lead to growth in the animation and multimedia art industry. 

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