CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Multi-Media Artsits and Animators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Design complex graphics and animation, using independent judgment, creativity, and computer equipment.
 
Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional images depicting objects in motion or illustrating a process, using computer animation or modeling programs.
 
Make objects or characters appear lifelike by manipulating light, color, texture, shadow, and transparency, or manipulating static images to give the illusion of motion.
 
Assemble, typeset, scan and produce digital camera-ready art or film negatives and printer's proofs.
 
Apply story development, directing, cinematography, and editing to animation to create storyboards that show the flow of the animation and map out key scenes and characters.
 
Script, plan, and create animated narrative sequences under tight deadlines, using computer software and hand drawing techniques.
 
Create basic designs, drawings, and illustrations for product labels, cartons, direct mail, or television.
 
Create pen-and-paper images to be scanned, edited, colored, textured or animated by computer.
 
Develop briefings, brochures, multimedia presentations, web pages, promotional products, technical illustrations, and computer artwork for use in products, technical manuals, literature, newsletters and slide shows.
 
Use models to simulate the behavior of animated objects in the finished sequence.
 
Create and install special effects as required by the script, mixing chemicals and fabricating needed parts from wood, metal, plaster, and clay.
 
Participate in design and production of multimedia campaigns, handling budgeting and scheduling, and assisting with such responsibilities as production coordination, background design and progress tracking.
 
Convert real objects to animated objects through modeling, using techniques such as optical scanning.
 
Implement and maintain configuration control systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ACD Systems Canvas Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Ability Photopaint Graphics or photo imaging software
 
ActionScript Development environment software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe AIR Development environment software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite software Development environment software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Director Video creation and editing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Web page creation and editing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Lite Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Flex Web platform development software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand MX Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe ImageReady Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Desktop publishing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software Video creation and editing software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Shockwave Player Web platform development software
 
Ambient Design ArtRage Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Apple DrawBerry Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Apple Final Cut Studio Video creation and editing software
 
Aqsis Renderer Graphics or photo imaging software
 
AutoDesSys form Z Computer aided design CAD software
 
AutoQ3D Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk 3ds Max for Design Visualization Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Alias Design Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Alias Surface Computer aided design CAD software
 
Autodesk Combustion Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk Maya Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk MotionBuilder Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk Mudbox Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Autodesk SoftImage Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Blender Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Bohemian Coding DrawIt Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Bunkspeed HyperDrive Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Bunkspeed HyperMove Graphics or photo imaging software
 
C Development environment software
 
C++ Object or component oriented development software
 
Caligari Corporation trueSpace Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Cascading Style Sheets CSS Web platform development software
 
Celsys RETAS Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Chaos Group V-Ray software Video creation and editing software
 
Character Studio Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Cheetah3D Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Code libraries Development environment software
 
Component libraries Development environment software
 
Corel CorelDRAW Graphics Suite Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Corel Painter Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Crytek CryEngine Development environment software
 
Cybermotion 3D Designer Graphics or photo imaging software
 
DAZ Productions Bryce Graphics or photo imaging software
 
DAZ Productions Carrara Graphics or photo imaging software
 
DX Studio Development environment software
 
Electric Rain Swift 3D Xpress Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Extensible Hypertext Markup Language XHTML Web platform development software
 
Extensible Markup Language XML Enterprise application integration software
 
Freeverse Lineform Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Google SketchUp Pro Graphics or photo imaging software
 
HASH Animation:Master Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Hypertext Markup Language HTML Web platform development software
 
Indigo Renderer Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Inivis AC3D Graphics or photo imaging software
 
JavaScript Web platform development software
 
Luxology Modo Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Luxrender Graphics or photo imaging software
 
MAXON CINEMA 4D Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Macintosh OS Operating system software
 
Macromedia Flash Remoting MX Platform interconnectivity software
 
MagicTracer Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Massive Jet Graphics or photo imaging software
 
MaxScript Development environment software
 
Maxon BodyPaint 3D Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Maxwell Render Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Maya Embedded Language MEL Development environment software
 
Mental Images Mental Ray Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Expression Design Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Silverlight Web platform development software
 
Microsoft Windows Operating system software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
NVDIA Gelato Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Nevercenter Silo Graphics or photo imaging software
 
NewTek Lightwave 3D Graphics or photo imaging software
 
NodeBox Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Object-oriented programming languages Object or component oriented development software
 
Pixar RenderMan Studio Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Pixarra TwistedBrush Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Pixelmator Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Pixologic Zbrush Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Quad Software Grome Graphics or photo imaging software
 
QuarkXPress Desktop publishing software
 
RealFlow Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Satori Paint Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Serif DrawPlus Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Side Effects Software Houdini Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Skencil Graphics or photo imaging software
 
SmithMicro Anime Studio Graphics or photo imaging software
 
SmithMicro Manga Studio Graphics or photo imaging software
 
SmithMicro SoftwarePoser Graphics or photo imaging software
 
SplutterFish Brazil Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Sunflow Render System Graphics or photo imaging software
 
TechSmith Camtasia Video creation and editing software
 
Three-dimensional graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Trapcode Particular Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Two-dimensional graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
UNIX Operating system software
 
Unreal Technology Unreal Engine Development environment software
 
VectorDesigner Graphics or photo imaging software
 
XML User Interface XUI Development environment software
 
Xara Xtreme Graphics or photo imaging software
 
e-on software Vue Graphics or photo imaging software
 
sK1 Graphics or photo imaging software
 
solidThinking Computer aided design CAD software
 
Digital paper Graphics tablets
 
Digital pens Pressure stylus
 
Panoramic digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
3D Animator
3D Artist
3D Specialist
Animation Artist
Animation Director
Animation Producer
Animator
Anime Artist
Art Director
Artist
Audio/Video Engineer
Cartoon Animator
Cartoon Artist
Compositor
Computer Animator
Computer Artist
Computer Graphic Artist
Computer Graphic Designer
Computer Graphics Illustrator
Concept Artist
Creative Director
Creative Services Producer
Design Director
Designer
Digital Artist
Digital Media Designer
Game Artist
Game Developer
Graphic Artist
Graphic Designer
Graphics Specialist
Illustrator
Interactive Digital Media Specialist
Media Producer
Media Specialist
Media/Instructional Designer
Motion Graphics Artist
Motion Pictures Cartoonist
Multimedia Artist
Multimedia Author
Multimedia Authoring Specialist
Multimedia Designer
Multimedia Developer
Multimedia Producer
Multimedia Specialist
Production Assistant
Production Manager
Prop and Effects Designer
Special Effects Artist
Special Effects Designer
Special Effects Specialist
Special Effects Technician
Storyboard Artist
Streaming Media Specialist
Studio Designer
Texture Artist
Video Game Animator
Videographer
Virtual Reality Specialist
Web Designer
Web Graphic Designer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Art and Design
Job Family: Artists
Benchmark Title: Multi-Media Artsits and Animators
 
 
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