While 3D Animation, Design and Visualization may be new to some
industries the future has unlimited growth for those skilled in
today’s hottest software packages like Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Revit,
AutoCAD and Inventor.
If you are interested in working in the Entertainment Industry for movies and TV, then the future looks very bright especially with Avatar making history by grossing over $1 billion in just one month, big studios are releasing more and more 3D movies each year. In the movie and television industry Maya is very popular, although some studios use 3ds Max as well. For those of you who are interested in gaming, the MARKET is huge. It has actually overtaken the movie industry in terms of the revenue it generates with the Xbox, PlayStation, Wii and the online games such as the World of Warcraft.
For the gaming industry, we would recommend 3ds Max (again some studios use Maya as well and at the end of the day it’s not the software you learn that is very important, it’s really the quality of work you can produce.) In architecture, software like AutoCAD is still popular with many architectural firms and they also use 3DS Max for design visualizations (walkthrough & fly-through), but BIM (Building Information Modeling) is now becoming an industry standard and more and more firms are now using Revit to meet their BIM requirements to remain competitive in the MARKET today.
The actual growth of the 3D CAD market, (Computer Aided Design for architecture and engineering applications) is expected to exceed $7 billion in 2011 and will continue to grow rapidly at the rate of 15% each year quoted by the John Peddie Asscociation. Other areas to look out for is the new technologies and emerging markets for 3D applications used in medical, legal, corporate presentations and the web industry.
Another high growth area is content creation for cell phones and mobile devices such as the Ipad. In conclusion, the 3D industry is booming and some people say this is just the tip of the iceberg. Once you gain proficiency with the 3D software, you will have lots of creative choices for work and even business possibilities for those of you who are entrepreneurial in nature.