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Whether on the movie set or in the computer lab, motion graphics professionals are the magicians of the technology world. They're special effects masters and Flash animation experts. And they're needed in virtually any industry that produces captivating imagery.

The Profession
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a moving picture is worth so much more. Motion graphics professionals create captivating imagery for entertainment and instruction. Be it movies on the big screen or video courses in a distance education program, these graphic designers are one part artist and one part technician. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010, graphic designers held about 279,200 jobs in 2010 in specialized design, advertising, printing, and publishing. Popular tools of the trade include Adobe, Macromedia Flash, Autodesk Combustion, and Final Cut Studio 2.

The Program
The key to being competitive in the motion graphics industry is formal training. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits many post-secondary colleges and universities with programs in art and design. Most of these schools award a degree in graphic design with a specialization in motion graphics. Continuing education, in the form of software-specific training modules, is also highly recommended. Students considering a career in this field may require to prepare with courses in computer operations and basic programming languages.

The Future
According to BLS, Employment of motion graphics designers is expected to grow by 13% from 2010-2020; about as fast as national average for all occupations. Advertisers, publishers, and computer design will lead the demand for professionals in the industry. Improvements to cell phones, PDAs, and handheld computers may offer new opportunities for motion graphics graduates to show their stuff.

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