Types of Jobs in Animation and Related Fields

Animation Careers in Minnesota Overview

The folks at the Minnesota Film and Television Board are always busy. This bustling film office has its hands full managing more than 10,000 filming locations, the “Snowbate” program, which allows filmmakers to apply for reimbursement of 20 to 25 percent cash back on production expenditures, a hotline for cast and crew, and a large production directory. Thanks to all of its hard work, the Board attracts productions of all kinds to the state—including animated productions. 

In addition to the film industry, aspiring animators in Minnesota will find ample opportunities to work at literally hundreds of creative agencies, design companies, PR firms, and more. Technology is another active industry here, Minnesota is home to more than 1,000 computer design and information technology firms), as well as game design and development. Interested in teaching part-time? Minnesota is home to around 113 Title IV degree-granting colleges and universities (including several dozen community colleges) and nearly 2,500 elementary and secondary institutions.

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Rhode Island is home to around 6,150 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media occupations (ADESM). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has not released estimates for animators in Rhode Island, but judging by the number of production studios, creative agencies, and technology firms in the state, it’s safe to assume that Rhode Island has its fair share of animators. The state also has an active film office, the Rhode Island Film & TV Office, which helps attract productions of all kinds to the area.

So far, the RI Film & TV office has welcomed Hollywood productions such as Hall Pass (2011), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), 27 Dresses (2008), Dan in Real Life (2007), Dumb and Dumber: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), There’s Something About Mary (1998) and most recently, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man (2015). These films and many others help create opportunities for animators to work on movie trailers, advertising, and in other areas of film promotion, as well as production. 

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Film Wisconsin is an innovative non-profit organization and public-private partnership that was created to assist the state’s film, TV, and video game industries. The organization helps attract a variety of major productions, post-production studios, and professionals by offering incentives, easy access to locations, and a hassle-free approval process. Films such as Transformers 3 (2011) and Public Enemies (2009) have filmed here as well as The Amityville Horror (2005) American Movie (1999), The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) and A Simple Plan (1998). Productions such as these have helped put Wisconsin on the map in the film and video industry

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Animation Careers in West Virginia Overview

West Virginia is home to some of America’s most beautiful locations. Blackwater Falls State Park, Highland Scenic Highway (Route 150) in Pocahontas County and Cass Scenic Railroad State Park are just a few. Not only does the state offer beautiful backdrops for just about any film, thanks to the West Virginia Film Industry Investment Act, filmmakers can receive up to 31 percent transferable tax credits. This competitive tool is used to recruit film industry business to the state and it applies to other projects as well including TV films and series, commercials, music videos, and commercial still photography. West Virginia is also home to at least 10 respected film festivals such as Carnegie Film Series & On Screen/In Person, West Virginia International Film Festival, and Cut to the Chase Film Festival.

While the Act, the West Virginia Film Commission, and film festivals attract filmmakers and film productions from across the country, they also promote the growth of production facilities throughout the state. As a result, there are a number of opportunities for animators with a film and video background as well. In addition to the film and video industries, West Virginia animators may find opportunities in advertising, technology, game design, graphic design, and even education. Aspiring animation instructors may find art and design programs at a number of the state’s 25 four-year or 21 two-year colleges and universities. The state is also home to hundreds of secondary schools filled with budding artists.

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Animation Careers in Alaska Overview 

Alaska is home to nearly 3,500 professionals working in Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media (ADESM) occupations. Some are craft artists and floral designers, while others are producers and directors or graphic designers. To date, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has not determined the exact number of animators working in Alaska. However, there are quite a few animation and production studios located in main cities such as Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.  

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Animation Careers in Utah Overview

The Utah Film Commission has been around since 1974. The active office has a solid reputation in Hollywood, which is just one reason the state attracts productions of all kinds—including animated productions. The state has hosted award-winning productions such as The Lone Ranger (2013), The Tree of Life (2011), 127 Hours (2010), Star Trek (2009), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), Mission Impossible II (2000), Forrest Gump (1994), and Thelma & Louise (1991). Producers of these films and many others had access to spectacular landscapes, historic sites, and local talent, as well as one of the industries' most competitive incentive packages.

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Animation Careers in Kentucky Overview

Did you know that Kentucky offers filmmakers, producers, and crewmembers some of the best tax incentives in the nation? The Film and Entertainment Incentive Program managed by the Kentucky Film Office exists to encourage increased production activity in The Bluegrass State. The program covers feature films of all kinds—including animated features, as well as television shows, commercials, documentaries, and even Broadway productions. The program is so effective that a variety of major films were filmed in whole or in part in Kentucky. Just a few include Tammy (2014), Secretariat (2010), The Ides of March (2011), Elizabethtown (2005), Seabiscuit (2003), The Insider (1999), U.S. Marshalls (1998), and Rain Man (1988). 

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Animation Careers in Maryland Overview

The Maryland Film Office has an entire department dedicated to stimulating and strengthening the state’s digital entertainment and emerging media community. Known as "DEEM," an acronym for Digital Entertainment & Emerging Media, the Department encourages the growth of companies specializing in animation, audio and interactive technology, web design, and e-commerce. In addition to having DEEM on its side and being recognized as a major hub for games and interactive technology, the State of Maryland is home to a large community of innovators in the computer gaming industry, a variety of successful digital modeling companies and firms that outrank others in simulation and serious games for application in the education, medical, defense, and training sectors, and primary, secondary, and higher learning institutions that are busy educating the next generation of digital trailblazers.

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Animation Careers in Iowa Overview

 The State of Iowa attracts a good number of animators interested in production, advertising, education, and computer design and technology. Animators interested in computer design and technology may find employment at one of more than 800 technology firms located throughout the state. Those interested in teaching can choose from 66 colleges and universities across the state and more than 1,400 elementary and secondary institutions. 

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Animation Careers in Arkansas Overview

The Arkansas Film Commission has been attracting productions of all kinds from big budget classic films such as Gone with the Wind (1969) and The Firm (1993) to indies such as Three for the Road (1987). The Commission attracts productions by offering a variety of film incentives, as well as access to one of a kind backdrops such swamplands, pine forests, Mount Magazine State Park, and Mammoth Spring State Park. Because Arkansas attracts a number of productions each year, studios are always looking for talented artists—this includes animators. Animators may find work as part of the production team, in promotions, and in other areas.

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