What Do They Do?

They create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

The Skills of a 3D Animator

  • Creativity
  • Computer programming skills
  • Patience to work long hours
  • Team player
  • Communication skills

Degree And Training

  • Strong technical skills and a portfolio or demo reel often necessary
  • Bachelors

Companies that Employ 3D Animators

  • Pixar
  • Dreamworks
  • Sony Pictures Animation
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Industrial Light & Magic

The Hours

3D animators should expect to work 50 hours a week and go up from there.

The Income of a 3D Animator

A 3D animator gets paid $58,510, but more successful animators make over $100,000

Outlook for 2022

The outlook for a 3D animator is expected to grow by 6% from 2012-2022.

Mark Donald

Mark Donald was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He got his degree in agriculture but became determined to animate after watching "Toy Story". He is self taught and now works with Dream-works animation studio and is best know for his work on Kung-fu panda, Shrek the third, Home, and Rise of the Guardians.


Created with images by Sean MacEntee - "3d image" • geralt - "percent one hundred 100" • joffi - "hacking hacker computer" • geralt - "mark marker hand" • Cea. - "Time" • TBIT - "dollar bank note money" • Frankie Roberto - "The binoculars"

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