Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
5,140
growing 9.76%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$3,768
growing 1.95%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$35,787
growing 0.808%
Average Wage
$66,349
growing 8.94%
People in Workforce
83,606
declining 2.7%
Average Employee Age
37
growing 0.903%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects degree recipients are Savannah, GA, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY. The locations with a relatively high number of Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects degree recipients are Redmond, WA, Wilmington, DE, and Laguna Beach, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects and the types of students that study this field. Savannah College of Art and Design awards the most degrees in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects in the US, but Digital Media Institute at InterTech and Gnomon have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects.

Tuition costs for Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects majors are, on average, $3,768 for in-state public colleges, and $35,787 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects programs are Public, 2-year institutions (136 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (1,557 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (1,557 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$3,768
Median In-State Public
$35,787
Median Out of State Private

Savannah College of Art and Design has the most Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects degree recipients, with 469 degrees awarded in 2019.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 52.9%
  2. 45.5%
  3. 40.9%

Out of all institutions that offer Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Digital Media Institute at InterTech and Gnomon have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects, with 52.9% and 45.5%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Communication Technologies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Communication Technologies majors is $66,349 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Artists & related workers, and Graphic designers.

The industry that employs the most Communication Technologies majors is Computer Systems Design, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Independent artists, writers, and performers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$66,349
Average Wage in Workforce
± $5,850
8.94%
1 Year Growth
± 10.1%

The average salary for Communication Technologies majors is $66,349 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Artists & related workers, and Graphic designers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Communication Technologies majors, by number of employees, are Other managers, Artists & related workers, and Graphic designers.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Communication Technologies majors are Chief executives & legislators, Administrative services managers, and Sales managers.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.
83,606
2019 Workforce
± 7,097
2.7%
1 Year Growth
± 12.3%

The number of Communication Technologies graduates in the workforce has been declining at a rate of 2.7%, from 85,930 in 2018 to 83,606 in 2019.

The largest single share of Communication Technologies graduates go on to work as Other managers (5.35%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Communication Technologies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

The most common industries that employ Communication Technologies majors, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Motion pictures & video industries, and Restaurants & Food Services.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.
83,606
2019 Workforce
± 7,097
2.7%
1 Year Growth
± 12.3%

The number of Communication Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 2.7%, from 85,930 in 2018 to 83,606 in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Communication Technologies graduates by share is Computer Systems Design, followed by Motion pictures & video industries. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Communication Technologies.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Communication Technologies majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Communication Technologies in the United States. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Communication Technologies is 37, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Communication Technologies degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Communication Technologies (2,391 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.
37
Average Age in 2019
± 0.952 Years
0.903%
1 Year Change
± 3.58%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Communication Technologies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 6.04% and 6.03% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Communication Technologies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (56.2%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,391 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,020 degrees awarded
  3. Non-resident Alien
    509 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Male
    624 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    553 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    198 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects is from the 2 Digit Course Communication Technologies.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    1,119 degree recipients
  2. India
    803 degree recipients
  3. Colombia
    599 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Colombia
    3.02 times more than expected
  2. Korea
    2.09 times more than expected
  3. India
    1.17 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Colombia that hold Communication Technologies degrees (3.02 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (1,119 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects majors need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Equipment Selection, and Technology Design.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics, & Special Effects majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Operation and Control is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Thinking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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