Special Effects Specialist

Fabricate, install, and activate equipment to produce special effects.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $74,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Special Effects Specialists do?

Fabricates, installs, and activates equipment to produce special effects, such as rain, snow, explosions, and other mechanical and electrical effects as required by script for television, motion picture, and theatrical productions: Reads script to determine type of special effects required. Mixes chemicals to produce special effects, following standard formulas. Constructs towers and similar objects used in making effects, using handtools and machine tools. Fabricates parts for special effects from materials, such as wood, metal, plaster, and clay, using handtools and power tools. Installs special effects, using handtools.

Should I be a Special Effects Specialist?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Multimedia Educational Specialist

    How to Become a
    Special Effects Specialist

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