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The largest group of people working in this field are the animators, who use either computer platforms or low-technology methods such as drawing cels or photographing stop-motion frames. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 64,400 multimedia artists and animators were employed in the United States in 2014. More than 50 percent of these workers are self-employed, a very high number. The motion picture and video industry employs about 8,560; about 3,750 work in computer systems design; about 3,110 work for software publishers; and about 2,980 work for firms that do advertising, public relations, and related services. California is the state with the largest number of wage-earning animators, followed by New York and Washington.

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