Career Options

What can you do with an animation and visual effects degree?

The following highlights a number of potential animation and visual effects careers:

  • Animation Director or Supervisor
  • Animator (stop motion, 2D drawn, or 2D or 3D computer animation)
  • CG Modeler
  • Compositor
  • Digital Painter
  • Director
  • Editing Assistant
  • Model Maker
  • Key Animator
  • Layout Artist (2D drawn, or 2D or 3D computer animation)
  • Lighting Technical Director or Lighter
  • Match Move Artist
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Designer
  • Render Wrangler
  • Roto Artist
  • Storyboard Artist

Average Salary

California is the top employer of multimedia artists and animators, with an average salary of $82,810. The metropolitan area of Los Angeles/Long Beach/Glendale has the highest employment level in this occupation, with an average salary of $86,140.

Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

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