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Job Title – Multimedia Specialist


A Multimedia Specialist uses computer programming skills to combine text, data, graphic images, animations, sound and video into consolidated multimedia programmes. 

Typical Job Activities

Talks to clients to establish what is required
Prepares design concepts
Talks to graphics, production and engineering experts
Prepares flow diagrams and storyboards to outline the product concept
Designs animation software for interactive CD’s, DVD’s, video game cartridges and internet-based applications
Designs special effects software for film and video applications
Writes, modifies, integrates and tests software code for e-commerce and other internet applications
Researches and evaluate new interactive media software products

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Graphic designerIndustrial designerVideo editorWebsite designerDesktop publisher

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with a matric Exception

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics HG, Computer Science HG for a degree
Recommended subjects: Biology and Physiology

Entry to Work Place

The rapid expansion of in this sector has meant that skills are as important as qualifications. Training is on-going, both on the job and through short courses.To keep up to date with new developments, multimedia specialists usually share information via e-mail and web-based resources, attend technical training courses and conferences and read computer-related journals, magazines and newsletters.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

The ability to think logically and abstractly
The ability to pay close attention to details
A broad knowledge of multimedia to communicate effectively with sound engineers, producers, etc.
The ability to work alone or as part of a team
The ability to visualise and conceptualise
Creative imaginative mind with artistic flair
A high-level project management capacity and ability to work to deadlines
An aptitude for drawing
An active interest in keeping up with technological advances

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Employment Opportunities 


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


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Possible Employers

Advertising agencies
Computer software development firms
Design firms
Interactive software publishers
Media production companies
Information technology consulting firms
Film and video production companies

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Relevant Contact Details

Information Technology Users Council of South Africa

Career Progress and Path 

Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Own business

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can design things
I can work with technology
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can create new things
I can communicate and interact with people