How to become a Multimedia Developer

Multimedia developers generate and manipulate graphic images, animations, sound, text and video into consolidated and seamless multimedia applications. Multimedia applications include computer-based interactive training, data presentation and information kiosks, CD-ROMs, entertainment and educational products, and multimedia presentations.

Personal requirements of a Multimedia Developer

  • Aptitude for computing and design
  • Creativity and artistic flair
  • Ability to both lead and follow instructions
  • Strong client focus
  • Commitment to understanding and using new technology
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Understanding of colour and form
  • Patient and attentive to detail

Education & Training for a Multimedia Developer

To become a multimedia developer you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a multimedia developer through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in multimedia or a related area, such as new media design, digital media, communication design or interactive media. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Applicants may also be required to submit a folio of work or attend an interview. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

Membership of the Australian Computer Society is available to those who hold, or are working towards, suitable qualifications. There is a range of membership types available, allowing progression through the various levels as a member's career develops.

Duties & Tasks of a Multimedia Developer

Multimedia developers: • talk with clients to understand their requirements • investigate, analyse and recommend appropriate equipment and software to achieve clients' objectives • prepare flowcharts and storyboards to outline product concepts • prepare code to produce the multimedia product • prepare digital graphics, animations, sound, video, photographs and images for editing • prepare design concepts • liaise with related graphics, production and engineering experts • manage the development and implementation of multimedia products.

Employment Opportunities for a Multimedia Developer

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.

Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 6.1%

NSW NSW 37.3%

NT NT 1%

QLD QLD 14.7%

SA SA 2.4%

TAS TAS 0.5%

VIC VIC 32.3%

WA WA 5.7%

Hours worked:

38.2

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 72.4%

Female 27.6%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 13.6%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10.4%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 31.2%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 44.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 8.4%

25-34 - 50.6%

35-44 - 27.7%

45-54 - 8.1%

55-59 - 0.3%

60-64 - 2.6%

65 and Over - 2.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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