Technologies such as the internet, DVDs, advanced game consoles; desktop computers and digital broadcasting have created a demand for the integration and convergence of multiple media types. Graphic design and layout, video and audio are now commonly required in much of the media delivered through these devices.
Advances in desktop technology have resulted in the transition to digital recording, editing, and creation of most visual and audio media. Software on desktop computers has replaced specialized electronic equipment in many recording and editing and art creation functions. Most production studios have replaced video and audio tapes, layout and drawing tables with computer hard drives and other computer data storage systems. Digital Media describes the creation of media using these new tools and techniques.
Digital/Multi-media artists and specialist work primarily in motion picture and video industries, advertising, intenet design and computer systems design services. They use computers to create and manipulate images, edit video and audio and often integrate media for delivery via the internet, DVD, CD-ROM or even broadcast.
Job Outlook and Growth Potential:
Employment of Digital artists and related workers is expected to grow about as fast as the average through the year 2012. Because the arts attract many talented people with creative ability, competition for both salaried jobs and freelance work in some areas is expected to be keen.
Wages and Earnings Potential:
Median annual earnings of salaried digitl/multi-media artists were $43,980 in 2002.