Kendall Weblab is an on-line media laboratory designd by the students of Kendall College of Art and Design.

New artists and designers must balance the breadth and depth of their skills. Small studios value the creatives that can wear two, three or more hats well, where large studios can afford to have specialists with a deep tool box in a single area. Most studios that lie geographically between the East and West coasts fall into the small to mid-size category and are not usually focused in entertainment arts.

If a young creative wants to work in the entertainment industry, moving to the one of the coasts should be on their to-do lists; although, there are some artists and designers serving that industry on a freelance basis from outside of those centers. Also, advertising, education, training and information media has become more entertainment-based. "Game-ification" of everything is all the rage right now.

What does a digital media artist do?

Digital media specialists enjoy good salaries and creative, fast-paced work environments. Because digital media includes so many different areas of training, graduates of these programs can look at many career paths; 2D animation, 3D game art, imaging, video and motion graphics. Students choosing digital media should approach their job search in terms of roles and skills, rather than job titles, as new job titles in this field are emerging every year. The digital artist and designer must plan to be in a continual state of learning new techniques, software and technical equipment. Digital media recruiters are seeking intangible skills, such as keen sense of story, communication, teamwork and creativity. In short, they want to be wowed.

What are some typical occupations for digital artists and designers?

3D Entertainment Arts (game, animation, film app)

Concept Artist
Storyboard Artist
Matte Painter
Modeler(character, environment)
Lighting, surfacing, effects
Layout (setting up scenes)
Character Animator
Editor
Director
Interface Graphic Designer
Sound Designer

2D Entertainment Arts (game, animation film app)

Concept Artist
Storyboard Artist
Character/Prop Designer
Background Designer
Layout (setting up scenes
Interface Graphic Designer
Color/Effects Artist
Character Animator
Editor
Director
Sound Designer

Video and Motion Graphics (tv, web, film, corporate)

Storyboard Artist
3d Modeler/Animator
Videographer
Motion Graphics Animator
Effects Artist
Director
Sound Designer

Imaging (editorial, retail, comic, Info-Graphics)

Digital Painting Style Illustrator
Digital Graphic Style Illustrator
Art Director
3d Modeler
Interface Graphic Designer
Character Animator
Motion Graphics Animator

Interactive Media (web, mobile)

Info-Graphics Illustrator
Iconographic Illustrator
User Experience Designer
Interface Graphic Designer
Interface (front end) Programmer
User Experience Tester
Director
3d Modeler/Animator
Motion Graphics Animator
Sound Designer

Additional Information regarding the Digital Media profession can be found here:
Kendall WebLab
DM Industry Reports

Occupational Employment and Wage Information can be found here: from US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Graphic Designers
Film and Video Editors
Artists/Illustrators
Employment conditions by listed by state