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Multimedia Specialist


Most people know at least one video game junkie. Someone who spends hours at their computer or television, driving fast cars, hunting down aliens, or rescuing princesses from horrific, computer game fates. Maybe these individuals would like working as a multimedia specialist. Not that these technological wizards spend all day playing computer games, however. But they do design them, which is almost more fun than just playing them.

Multimedia specialists also work on a lot of other projects. They get involved in anything that involves interactive and cross-over media. They work with sound, graphics, text, and animation. They write and implement computer codes for programs and Internet applications, they work in digital film and video. Specifically, they apply their skills and knowledge to create interactive CD-ROM discs, CDs, and DVDs; websites; computerized information booths in malls; interactive museum exhibits; as well as video games.

Multimedia specialists sometimes work independently, but because of the scope of the field, they are often part of a team, or multimedia firm. The firm will take on clients on a contract basis. Within the team, each member might have a specialty, like graphics animation, layout, or computer language application, but they will all have a good idea about the roles of their coworkers, and over time, each member of the team could switch specialties, and work in other areas of multimedia development.

Multimedia specialists are a new breed of worker. This is a new area of expertise and study, and those who get involved are pioneers in an exciting and ever-evolving world. They are laying down the gridwork for the next frontier.
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Multimedia specialists must be both logical and abstract thinkers, who work well on their own and also as members of a team. They need to have excellent communication skills, a creative, adventurous spirit, and a love of computers and film technology. They need to pay close attention to details, as well as be able to see things from broad perspectives. They must be eager and willing to stay informed about the rapid changes and evolution of multimedia technologies.

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  • Assess client needs and requirements
  • Program animation software for interactive CDs, DVDs, video games, and websites
  • Program special effects software for film and video applications
  • Meet regularly with team members to discuss projects
  • Complete administrative duties
  • Keep informed about new advances in the world of multimedia technology through email, courses, and journals and magazines
  • The days for multimedia specialists are anything but typical. Each day brings new challenges and projects. These specialists meet with clients to discuss plans, ideas, and requirements. They then work individually on their own specialty, while remaining in constant contact with their coworkers or teammates to discuss the various projects. They may be required to pitch plans to clients, which could mean some travel. However, most of each day is spent indoors at a computer.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Multimedia specialists are usually self-employed, or work with a company specializing in multimedia technologies. They could work on a permanent basis with a large company, but most take on contracts alone or with a team. They work from home, or a shared studio. They generally work 40-hour workweeks, and can often set their own schedules. However, they will work longer when a major account is nearing its deadline. Most of each day is spent in front of a computer, experimenting with various programs.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Because of their broad training and experience, multimedia specialists can become involved in any aspect of technological development and design. They can start up their own company, or they can become animators, systems analysts, layout designers, webmasters, Internet researchers, filmmakers, photographers, multimedia artists, directors, computer game designers...the list of possibilities is endless. With additional education and training they can teach multimedia studies in colleges, private schools and universities. They can even take their knowledge to film, video, and television production.

  Educational Paths  
There are no standard educational requirements for multimedia specialists. However, these individuals need a solid background in computer technology. There are quite a few degree, diploma, and certificate programs available for those interested in multimedia studies. Consider taking a course in computer science, computer graphics and design, programming, film and video, computer animation, mathematics, or desktop publishing. The more education and training an individual acquires, the better their chances of securing employment.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

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