Which industries will have new jobs in the Metaverse?
The platform is seen as a network of virtual spaces that will open up new ways for people to connect online. This will allow digital communication to be more natural. This will have a significant impact on our society.
Metaverse will affect most business sectors. Just as every company created a website a few decades ago, we are approaching the moment when every company will have a space in this new virtual space. This will create demand for several groups of specialists.
The Metaverse will be a huge set of services that users will be able to access (everything we have in the real world will move to the Metaverse), and each service must be designed to be accessible to all groups of users.
In the early days of the Metaverse, we will have skeuomorphic environments, or digital analogs of real-world spaces (for example, a virtual replica of the Empire State Building), which eases the onboarding process for new users and creates a comfortable initial stage. So the skills that architects have in building buildings and spaces in the real world will be valuable in many ways in the metaverse.
3D designers create 3D objects for virtual space. Ranging from large-scale objects such as a city district to small-scale objects such as a users avatars t-shirt.
AR/VR designers are people who create virtual spaces for AR/VR interaction. They will offer users to explore virtual space and interact with any virtual object using augmented reality glasses or virtual reality headsets. To achieve this goal, they will work with UX designers, architects and 3D artists.
Fashion designers will have a separate role, creating collections that user avatars wear in the Metaverse. Luxury brands such as Balenciaga have already begun to explore this direction, releasing a digital clothing collection for Fortnite, a platform similar to Metaverse. Additionally, there are no hard and fast rules about what users should wear in the Metaverse, giving designers a lot of freedom to try new approaches.
Hardware designers design the AR glasses and VR headsets we use to access the Metaverse. One of the challenges hardware designers face is creating devices that provide long-term user access to the Metaverse. (Devices should not cause any discomfort to users when they are used for hours).
Lets take a look at some non-designer roles that will also be in high demand.
The Metaverse will be a massive online experience, with hundreds of players (or thousands) participating in a single, shared simulation, like a game or a music concert. This means that Metaverse hardware and software must be able to synchronize this information in real time. Thats why we should expect huge demand for engineers who can build distributed systems that can scale well. It is likely that developers who have previously worked on massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) such as Eve Online or Destiny 2 will have a significant competitive advantage because they know how to create large digital worlds.
Metaverse will motivate businesses to find new ways to interact with customers, and research specialists will have to find new tactics to improve customer engagement.
Moderator of virtual space
Safety and security are two integral features of Metaverse. Therefore, the role of moderator of the virtual space will be in demand. Moderators will be responsible for security controls, they aim to minimize the chance of cyberbullying and other anti-social behaviour. We can expect to see an increase in artificial intelligence (AI) tools used to detect policy violations early and work with moderators to create a safer virtual space.
How to get a job at Metaverse?
To get a job at Metaverse, you must have relevant experience, knowledge and motivation. To maximize your chances of landing a job, you need to start preparing for Metaverse jobs, and this 5-step guide will help you do just that.
1. Learn web3 technologies
A solid understanding of all the concepts that Metaverse will be based on will help you build a strong foundation for your career. Metaverse will integrate all the latest web3 technologies, so if you want to find a job in Metaverse, you must first understand the difference between web 2 vs web 3 and the latest web3 technologies like blockchain and NFT.
Metaverse will be a decentralized platform built using blockchain technology.
What is blockchain?
Blockchain allows you to create a decentralized ecosystem where thousands of independent nodes can synchronize in real time. And it allows you to create massive live experiences for hundreds or thousands of people.
Blockchain will also be used to verify or manage ownership of assets. The ownership of digital items will play an integral role in the economy of the Metaverse. Today, ownership of digital objects is limited to the platform we use. For example, we cannot transfer items purchased in Minecraft to Fortnite. Metaverse users will not experience this problem, as the items they own will be tied to the owner (user) and not the platform. NFT, a blockchain-based technology, ensures that a specific user owns a specific item at the same time. This technology will be used to both verify ownership and transfer digital items between owners (i.e. selling and exchanging digital clothing or products).
2. Experience with AR and VR devices
The 3D world of Metaverse is expected to be powered by augmented and virtual reality devices. Users wear AR glasses or a VR headset to join the virtual world. Try an Oculus or Valve Index VR headset to learn what interaction in VR is like, what the advantages and limitations of this medium are now, and what opportunities it offers to product developers.
3. Explore virtual worlds
It is difficult to explain in simple words what a virtual world is, but it is much easier to experience it. Admittedly, the concept of a Metaverse like Metaportret is still a long way off, but until then you can get an idea of the virtual world right now. Platforms like Decentraland and The Sandbox allow you to experience a virtual world and understand how people interact in it. When you have a solid understanding of how things work in the virtual world, that understanding will help you build products that will work in the Metaverse.
4. Know exactly what you want to do in the Metaverse
The role you choose for yourself in the Metaverse will determine both the skill set and the tools you need to master. Lets say you decide to try yourself as a 3D designer. In this case, you will need to master tools such as Blender, Maya or Cinema 4D, which allow you to create three-dimensional objects for virtual space.
You will also need to learn 3D engines such as Unity or Unreal Engine, because a 3D engine not only allows you to create a virtual environment, but also gives you the ability to experience it (simulate how users interact with this environment). Modeling 3D objects will become a natural part of your daily work, as it will help you understand the potential problems and opportunities of the virtual space you create before ordinary users join it.
5. Sell your skills
Once you have a clear idea of what you want to do in the Metaverse, you need to create a compelling presentation of your skills.
Remember that you must relate each of your skills to the value you can offer the creators of the Metaverse. Its worth learning about the problems that Metaverse developers are facing right now and describe how you can help solve them. For example, if you are a designer who has created clothes before, you can describe how your skills can help you design virtual clothes and show some of your most recent work to support it.