Animation is now a lucrative career option: Job roles and prospects

September 12, 2018

A career in animation is one of the most sought after and an apt choice for today's youth due to its high salaries, career growth and opportunity to showcase their creativity. The animation industry offers multiple roles for aspiring individuals from various fields and profiles. One of the most important clusters in this sector is that of industrial or product design.

More than a high paying profession, animation as a career is an exceptional choice and a worthy path to take if your passion lies in giving life to stand still images. To develop a typical animated movie, around 400-600 animators are required to work in tandem to shape a world as good as real.

Over the years, it has also developed into a multi-billion dollar trade with a significant rise in demand for skilled talent. The demand comes from all countries in fields like entertainment, government, education, and marketing amongst others.


  • 2D Animator
  • 3D Animator
  • Key Frame Animator
  • Image Editor
  • Modeler
  • Character Animator
  • Texture Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Lighting Artist
  • Story Board Artist
  • Background Artist
  • Clean Up Artist
  • Rigging Artist
  • Rendering Artist
  • Digital Ink and Paint Artist 

Animation industry prospects in India

The need for skilled animators has led to an increase in job opportunities and elevated the demand for animation as a lucrative career option. India has more than 300 animation studios, which employ over around 15,000 animation professionals.

Animation is majorly applied in the gaming Industry and entertainment through film and television and is also required in other areas such as business, sales, engineering, education and advertising.

Animators can also build a career in print media and publishing firms.

Freelancing is another option, particularly for web animators. Animators can also branch into application/website design, graphics designing, 3D product modeling and CD-Rom production.

To conclude, the field of animation is the field of entertaining, educating and spreading knowledge. Animation is a blend of reality and imagination where mythological creatures come to life, animals can speak and cars can fly. It is rightly said that this is a career where one can literally 'draw' one's salary.

Article Courtesy: India Today

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