Flash Animation Career and Salary Facts

Find out about the types of jobs you could pursue in Flash animation. Read on to learn more about career options, along with salary and job outlook information. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Does a Flash Animator Do?

Careers in Flash animation require you to utilize skills in graphic design and technology. Flash animators use software to create special effects and images to be used in media, such as motion pictures and video games. Those that work in this area often collaborate with a team with the goal of creating an appealing visual or story. Those that work in Web development use images to create effective and stunning web sites. In both areas, workers must address the needs of their client accordingly.

The following chart provides an overview of what you need to know about graphic designers and Web developers, careers that both use Flash animation.

Graphic Designer Web Developer
Degree Required Bachelor's degree Associate's or bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Computer science; graphic design Programming languages; graphic design
Key Responsibilities Design Web animation; embed video content; game design Design look and function of site; add content; technical aspects
Certification Voluntary certification available Voluntary certification available
Job Growth (2014-2024) 21% (for graphic designers in computer systems design)* 27%*
Median Salary (2015) $46,900* $64,970*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is Flash?

Flash is a cross-platform software application created by Adobe. It can be used to create animations, embed streaming video on Web pages and design video games. Flash is included with many current Web browsers and provides access to videos and other interactive content for many Internet users.

What Types of Jobs Are Available?

According to job postings on Monster.com in April 2011, Web graphic designer and Flash developer positions require a strong knowledge of Flash. Other common job requirements include back-end Web development experience with HTML and CSS, knowledge of Actionscript, audio and video encoding, experience with database content and excellent design skills. In some cases, you might need at least three years of professional experience in order to apply.

What Type of Education Do I Need?

Job postings found on Monster.com in April 2011 indicate that positions for Web graphic designers and Flash developers often require completion of a bachelor's program in computer science or graphic design. Both of these bachelor's programs may offer coursework in Flash as well as coursework in Web programming languages like HTML. Some universities, community colleges and computer training vendors offer workshops and courses that can teach you how to use Flash. This type of education might be useful if you have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field.

What's My Career Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of employed graphic designers with expertise in computer systems was expected to increase by 21% between 2014 and 2024, (www.bls.gov) with web developer jobs growing by 27% for the same period (www.bls.gov). In 2015, the BLS reported that Web developers earned a median annual salary of $64,970. During the same year, graphic designers earned a median annual wage of $46,900.

How Can I Advance My Career?

Certification is one way to demonstrate your expertise in Flash. In some cases, certification may lead to an increase in career opportunities. You may choose to earn the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) credential by passing an examination (www.adobe.com). Preparatory courses are available online through Adobe or through private vendors and technical schools.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Related careers include art directors and multimedia artists/animators. Art directors coordinate visual efforts for such things as publications and entertainment media. Multimedia artists/animators create computer graphics for video games and films. Computer programming is another related career, where code must be written for functioning software. A bachelor's degree is necessary for all these positions.

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