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"Plughead" by Dug North, Copyright 1995.

GOALS OF AN EMAC EDUCATION

To prepare students for careers in: ... and to give students the best of all worlds:

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Futuristic Careers for EMAC Grads

EMAC is more than just a unique, fun and challenging program. It's also one of the most practical degree tracks for undergraduates facing the employment challenges of the 21st century. EMAC's rare combination of art and technology satisfies industry's demand for graduates who are both creatively inclined and technically skilled. Carol Kleiman, business columnist for The Chicago Tribune, contributing editor to MS. magazine, and author of The Workplace of the 21st Century writes, "Liberal arts majors will be vigorously recruited by employers who previously went after business majors. MBAs will still be in demand, but those with a strong background in the humanities will be preferred."

Among U.S. News & World Report's October, 1995 "Best Jobs for the Future" are three careers creatively-wired EMAC graduates will be well-prepared for: Computer Animator, Web Weaver and Online Content Developer. Graphic Designers will also be hot in the next century. And for those of you who like your zeros and ones in sets of six, all four career tracks carry the potential for $100,000 salaries!


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INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT

CAREER: Computer Animator

Computer effects are hot properties in movies, television, computer games and advertising. Industrial Light & Magic, a computer effects company in San Rafael, California has expanded its computer graphics staff from two in 1985 to more than 295 in 1995. At the turn of the century, entertainment companies will bow to creative wizards who can design and develop in cyberspace.

AVERAGE SALARIES:

EDUCATION: A four-year degree from a computer animation or graphics program.


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INDUSTRY: INFORMATION SERVICES

CAREER: Web Weaver

This web job would make Spiderman jealous! With Internet usage soaring, companies are paying top dollar to professional Web Weavers. These cyberpros design and maintain World Wide Web sites which advertise companies' products and services. They handle the graphics and editorial content of home pages, the public relations and marketing messages, and technical decisions such as the best software and hardware options.

AVERAGE SALARIES:

EDUCATION: College degrees which develop online experience, computer knowledge and writing skills.


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INDUSTRY: MEDIA

CAREER: Online Content Developer

Just a few years ago there were virtually no electronic newspapers. Currently they number 500, and media analysts expect that figure to triple or quadruple by 1998! With magazines and newsletters also itching to go online, jobs will be waiting for experts who can provide relief by intertwining text with audio and visual effects. Professionals will also be needed to create new-age electronic products such as CD-ROMs.

AVERAGE SALARIES:

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in communications or journalism and experience in publishing, graphic design or multimedia programming.


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INDUSTRY: ADVERTISING

CAREER: Graphic Designer

Consumers' hunger for visual stimulation will not dissipate with the turn of the century. Graphic designers will prepare the food . The number of jobs for commercial and graphic artists is projected to increase by 58,000 by the year 2000. Graduates who can apply artistic talent and computer skills for print and electronic media will be coveted by the advertising, marketing, and multimedia industries.

AVERAGE SALARIES:

EDUCATION: Undergraduate degree in the arts and ability to create artwork for print and electronic media.


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All Communication majors get our full support in their career development. We have a strong co-op program which places students with companies and agencies, giving them real-world experience and developing relationships that often lead to employment after graduation. We work closely with the Career Development Center at Rensselaer to place students upon graduation, so you will not be facing your job hunt alone!


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For More Career Info:

The World Wide Web has given new meaning to the term job site. For more great careers hook into the Web's job databanks.


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Here are just a few more of the growing fields EMAC grads can enter.


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For more information call (518) 276-2029 or email: emac@rpi.edu


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