Those who are considering a career in the model making industry must be artistic, be able to communicate effectively with others, and be able take an idea from a simple sketch to a full-blown three-dimensional piece. They must also have an eye for detail, the ability to understand scale, patience and be able to focus for long periods of time. They must also have knowledge and skill with sculpting, drawing and computers, and know how to use a variety of tools, machinery and materials including glue guns, resin and plastics.
Although there are no strict educational requirements needed for this career, having practical work experience or training can help individuals find employment in the model making industry. Gaining a degree or taking classes in fine arts, design, sculpting, drawing, painting, ceramics, metal work, woodwork, model making, computer aided design and studio arts is ideal. Employees prefer that model makers have design and model making skills and experience over a degree. Finding an internship or apprenticeship is one of the best ways of gaining experience in the field.