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Multimedia specialist

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Summary of occupation

Multimedia specialists create computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files for multimedia applications.

Multimedia applications include computer-based interactive training, data presentation, CD-ROMs, information kiosks, entertainment and educational products and the web.

Multimedia specialists plan, produce and maintain web sites and web applications using web programming, scripting, authoring, content management and file transfer software.

ANZSCO description: Creates and manipulates computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files into multimedia programs to produce data and content for CD-ROMS, information kiosks, multimedia presentations, web sites, mobile telephone resources, electronic gaming environments, e-commerce and e-security solutions, and entertainment and education products.
Alternative names: Multimedia Developer, Multimedia Programmer
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Multimedia specialists have:

  • aptitude for computing and design
  • creative and artistic flair
  • the ability to both lead and follow instructions
  • a client focus
  • commitment to understanding and using new technology
  • an ability to work to deadlines
  • an understanding of colour and form
  • patience and attention to detail
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Working conditions

Multimedia developers may work for a wide range of organisations, including the IT industry, media and publishing companies, web design practices, animation and design studios, educational institutions and advertising agencies.

They often work as part of a team, but can work individually or on a freelance basis. With experience and sufficient start-up money, there are opportunities for self-employment.

Multimedia development is a dynamic growth industry that has developed out of a blending of creative production, the arts and the innovative technical presentation techniques provided by a range of IT platforms.

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Salary details

On average, multimedia specialists and web developers can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a multimedia specialist develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

Once qualified, some multimedia specialists run their own small business. Earnings will depend on the level of demand for their services, as well as their level of skill and experience.

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Tools and technologies

Multimedia specialists use the following tools and technologies:

  • Desktop computers; mainframe computers; notebook computers; personal digital assistant (PDAs) or organisers
  • Configuration management software
  • Database management system software
  • Development environment software
  • Object or component oriented development software
  • Program testing software
  • Web platform development software
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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a multimedia specialist you usually need to complete a qualification in multimedia, digital media technologies, digital design or graphic design.

The Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies and the Diploma of Digital Media Technologies are offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

You can complete a degree majoring in digital design, graphic design or a related field.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

You can also complete a traineeship. The multimedia content author traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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