Animator Key Skills

DESIGN_BANNER_small_with_boarderJust like any other design or arts role, when it comes to animation jobs, there are always going to be key things that an employer will look for on a CV when recruiting for new staff.

To help you create the most attractive animation CV possible for a potential employer, we’ve listed the top skills that are in high demand right now when it comes to computer, games and digital animation jobs.

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Proficiency With 3D Applications

Depending on the role, a lot of animation job adverts now call for candidates to have proficiency with a range of 3D applications, with the main ones being 3DS Max, Maya, Lightwave, ZBrush, Autodesk MotionBuilder and Cinema 4D.

Familiarity With The Adobe Creative Suite

Just like any other digital design job, a good understanding of some of the programs that fall under the Adobe Creative Suite is definitely a must-have on your digital animation CV. In particular, employers that are hiring in this space like to hear from candidates who have a good working knowledge of key programs such as After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop and Illustrator – so it’s definitely worth getting clued up on these if you’re not already!

Good Working Knowledge Of Additional Software

In addition to the Adobe Creative Suite, some employers also want candidates to have a good working knowledge of some additional graphics software programs, such as Inkscape, and additional web build tools such as DreamWeaver. On top of that, some employers also call for candidates to have a good working knowledge of things like HTML, CSS and Flash.

Self Motivated & Able To Work Under Pressure

Due to the nature of the animation industry, every day can be extremely busy and the pressure can mount, particularly when there’s a deadline to meet – so employers are on the lookout for animators who can perform under pressure and under their own initiative.

Knowledge of the Games Development Process

Depending on the role, some employers also look for candidates who have a good working knowledge of the games development process and key games engines like CryEngine, Unity or GDevelop.

Good Rigging & Skinning Knowledge

If you’re applying for jobs which involve character animation, employers will want to see that you’re got a good working knowledge of rigging and skinning techniques which are an essential element of skeletal animation.