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Animation Nation: Hiring Demand for Animators Hits a Peak

As gaming, including online, console and legal casino efforts take off, the need for animators has also been increasing.


Wanted Analytics brings us the data:


During the past 90 days, more than 4,000 jobs were advertised online that required animation skills, a 25% increase compared to the same 90-day period in 2011. In fact, the volume of online job listings reached a new high during March, when 40% more job ads were posted online than last March. We most commonly see these skills being demanded for occupations like Web Developers, Graphic Designers, Multi-Media Artists, and Computer Software Engineers. However, the demand for Post-secondary Teachers with animation skills grew about 32%. An increasing volume of jobs by employers has caused colleges and universities to hire more teachers and prepare the next generation of Animators.


Hiring Demand for Animation-Skilled Professionals – 4 Year Hiring Trend


Hiring Demand for Animation skills 

Source: WANTED Analytics


The five metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job ads for search engine optimization skills were Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington (DC), and Seattle. Although Recruiters in Los Angeles posted the most ads of any city, hiring demand over the last 90 days actually declined about 2% compared to the same time period in 2012. In comparison, Recruiters in Washington, DC saw the most year-over-year growth over the past 90 days, with 77% more job ads than were seen online during 2011.


Animators are most often required to have knowledge or experience of several tools and technologies, including:


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Motion graphics
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Hypertext markup language (HTML)
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft Office
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Oracle Java
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Extensible markup language (XML)
  • SQL
  • Computer graphics
  • ActionScript
  • Android
  • HTML5
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Python


Nationwide, companies sourcing candidates with animation skill sets are likely to find them hard-to-recruit, with varying degrees of difficulty in each location depending on the available talent supply. Our Hiring Scale™ shows employers in Washington, DC are currently experiencing more difficulties than average when recruiting candidates with these skills. While growth in demand for this skill has grown, the local talent pool of qualified professionals does not meet the needs of employers. Recruiters in this area are likely to compete heavily to attract talent and may experience a longer time-to-fill than many other areas across the United States.

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