Inevitably, with all of this investment and activity comes new career opportunities. According to employment website Indeed, job posts that mention the metaverse have exploded, increasing by up to 1,042% between 2020 and 2021. This trend is only set to grow, with a number of industries leading the way. Currently, sectors growing fastest in the metaverse include gaming, architecture, animation, fashion, e-commerce, real estate, social networking, events and marketing, and of course design specialized in AR (augmented reality), VR and XR (extended reality).
This means that, should you find yourself weighing up your own metaverse-based career options, there are a lot of different routes to pick from. Potential creative work ranges from creative direction and strategy, to design and visual finessing of virtual spaces and experiences, to the more technical side of coding and programming it all.
Right now, according to industry analysts, those classifying as “experts” in the metaverse, web 3 and NTFs are all invaluable—so brushing up on the ins and outs of these new worlds counts for a lot. Specific skill sets currently ranking highest in-demand are in 3D design, 3D rendering, 3D engineering, 3D animation, programming, coding, digital content creation, UX and experience design, as well as specialists in AR, VR or XR. This is no doubt set to expand as this sector evolves—for example, experience in writing for theater comes up as a relevant skill for creating narrative for 3D environments.