Animatronics is a small, competitive field that typically relies upon the budget of the entertainment industry. According to the BLS, multimedia artists and animators earned a median annual salary of $88,500 in 2020. The same source reported average job growth for multimedia artists and animators, with jobs projected to increase by 4% from 2020-2030.
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I hope I was able to give you a little more insight into robotics. Good luck in your ventures!
Some people find calculus to be challenging but if you treat it as just another set of rules to master and apply, it will come to you, especially with the incentive that its important for your planned career. In your career, it's likely that software will replace the actual need to apply calculus directly, but your insight gained from learning it will be invaluable. Look up calculus in Wikipedia to understand it and be ready to learn it.
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As you progress through fun and easy projects (my first was MyCat Detector) you'll be comfortably challenged to learn the math you need to get the next part done. I imagine with music background your brain already has all it needs to get into Python and start enjoying your passion. The key is learning how to learn the things you need to learn to build the robots you love. I imagine Disney uses their own proprietary programming language to run their robots, so you'll always have to be learning.
Mike recommends the following next steps:
* Linear Algebra.
* Calculus, including Vector Calculus.
* Projective Geometry.
* Coding skills.
But for animatronics you probably don't need an advanced degree in these areas. As other people have said: get some hands-on experience, maybe a Lego Mindstorms or an Arduino board and start doing small projects. Also: get an internship in a relevant field as soon as you can.
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