Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY


This post introduces the occupation of Special Effects Artists and Animators (Standard Occupation Code: 27-1014). It is part of a series that profiles possible careers for students with passions and interests in content creation.

Official Description

Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Link to Content Creation

A student passionate about content creation who revels in storytelling through visuals, enjoys merging technology with art, and thrives on the challenge of bringing fantastical concepts to life would be ideal. They would excel in tasks like video editing, 3D modeling, and animation, all integral to a special effects artist’s role.

Key Stats

Bright Outlook?  No

National Job (Thousands) In 2021: 89.3

Projected Ten-Year Growth In Jobs, 2021 – 2031: Faster than Average (5% – 8%)

Median Income (US): $98,950

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