As expected, 2016 turned out to be a great year for VR tech. Virtual Reality is currently the most vibrant upcoming tech in the entire industry. It offers users vivid realistic experiences and gives storytellers the potential to shape their ideas phenomenally. In several recent blog posts, we have talked about the influence virtual reality already has on sports fans and players, in the field of medicine, training & education, and driving transformation in real estate.
Undoubtedly it is now completely safe to bet on virtual reality and that too not just as an investor. Tech companies are pouring in investments and are constantly in a search for talent in this space. There is a sudden increase in the number of job opportunities in VR domain within these two years itself. [Source: Indeed.com]
The last time we saw something like this is with the App Market. As soon as Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, there opened up suddenly a huge opportunity for businesses. This lead to the generation of thousands of jobs not known before.
We can expect something similar to that looking at the wide acceptance of VR as possible, replacement to media devices (TVs, Game Consoles, etc.). Companies are interested in candidates of various backgrounds spanning from Visual Artists, Backend Developers to Software Developers. In this article, we highlight the top 4 hottest job opportunities in VR available currently.
Top 4 Hottest Job Opportunities In VR
There is a huge demand for developers with a passion to develop amazing games. Just like different mobile ecosystems create unique challenges, VR apps and games development demands levelheaded developers who can visualize the game from the eyes of players. Currently, people working with the Unity gaming platform are most sought after. As it is the fundamental platform for both VR and AR.
If you are looking to become a VR developer it’s the perfect time to get your hands all over this free and powerful engine. Most of the experienced game developers suggest that developing games using the Unity + Google Cardboard combination is quick and a good way to start.
The most crucial roles in VR content creation is that of a VR Designer. Maintaining look & feel without muddling with users brain requires an excellent designer who is meticulous and has a lot of creative skills up his sleeve. While expertise in Photoshop, Maya fall as pre-requisites mastering Unity 3D is essential too.
Working with 360 degrees formats requires a lot of work and this explains the increasing demand for designers around the industry.
Sound Effects Specialists
Virtual reality experiences would certainly remain incomplete without life-like sounds. Though initially, the focus in VR was only on developing visual experiences, now the scenario has completely changed. Umpteen numbers of companies have started focusing on impressing the other senses like audio, touch, and movement. Sound Effects specialists are needed to harmonize audios to visuals and ensure smooth flow throughout.
To ensure complete immersive experience these specialists will have to deeply understand sound processing tools, recording tools and look out for the slightest of slips. Plus, having excellent auditory sense adds to your strengths.
Though a relatively new role in the gaming industry, technical artists are becoming key players in the VR industry. This job role is designed to effectively bridge the gap between developers and product designers. The technical artists are sought after for their ability to understand design and code and blend them together into a piece of art (we mean wonderful VR experiences).
Through their continued investigation into new techniques bound by technical limits, they are positioned to get the best out of the designing and development teams. Right from the start of the project (from conceptualization) to complete product development and testing, technical artists are involved. Hence the pre-requisites to land such an important role extends from knowledge of various development platforms to artistic sketching along with knowledge of 3D workspaces.
Like the title says these are just a few of the most prominent roles in the industry. To give you further confidence we are linking this article from 2015. It highlights the various job titles Google has advertised for its VR segment. If you are equipped with the right skills and passionate to explore your wildest fantasies you will be most welcomed to work on many future-shaping projects.
Are you already working in the VR industry? If so, do share your work and valuable suggestions with all our readers in the comment section below.