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Animation Schools

As a professor or instructor of animation classes at one of the 342 accredited animation schools in the country, you play a crucial role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in animation academia which includes animation training at the following levels:

  • Animation Certificate
  • Associates degree in Animation
  • Bachelors degree in Animation
  • Masters degree in Animation


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Animation professionals

228,400 241,020 250,170 238,570 229,120
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 229,120 animation professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 0%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. This trend is expected to slow down by the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Animation professionals

10th percentile
25th percentile
50th percentile
75th percentile
90th percentile

The median yearly salary earned by animation professionals, in 2010, was $48,953. This is 19% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Animation

$44,407 $45,967 $47,127 $48,530 $48,953
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for animation professionals have grown by 10%.

Educational Trends

National Animation Student enrollment growth by degree

397 415 477 622 855
1,311 1,796 2,599 2,824 3,308
0 0 0 0 0
191 203 215 185 311
136 180 249 417 473
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Animation
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Animation
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Animation
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Animation
  • Grey: Certificate in Animation

The career outlook for animation professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the US, 2,035 students graduated from animation degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 4,947 students graduated from animation schools.

This represents a 143% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from animation courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Animation Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering animation programs has also increased. There were 171 animation schools across the country in 2006. And there were 342 schools in 2010.

Animation Faculty Salaries

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