Due to a pandemic that quite fundamentally altered, by necessity, the way we work, the way we connect, and how we as individuals merge our work and personal lives, there’s no question change is not only possible, but unavoidable. If you had any hopes of getting back to “normal,” last autumn’s announcement of Meta, a new company brand for Facebook apps and technologies, should wake you from that dream. It’s time now to embrace that the metaverse will not just continue to shift how we work, but will also create new metaverse jobs.
New job possibilities in the metaverse
Emerging from this somewhat impromptu virtual way of living imposed on by the coronavirus, whether you’ve resolved never to return to a typical 9-to-5 or have dedicated yourself fully to remote working, we can all probably agree the old way is not coming back. And drumming this point home is the onset of the metaverse, an unrealized but increasingly inevitable new “new” way of working and interacting.
The metaverse will radically change existing jobs and create new ones. In one sense, the very nature of the metaverse and the ways in which technologies will be incorporated and expanded will enable jobs that previously demanded in-house presence—such as customer service—to be done remotely.
And of course the technology and our increasing reliance on it also creates the need for jobs that don’t currently exist in metaverse form. All of this change means virtual fertile ground for jobs and career trajectories that were unimaginable before. There’s endless space in the metaverse, and lots of opportunity. Here are some jobs you’ve never heard of that, by the year 2030, are predicted to be in demand.
1. Avatar clothing designers
Getting away from the pure technology, the real intrigue of the metaverse is the notion that we can exist there as avatars, going about our business in almost every sense as we can in our real worlds. So, who will dress us? Avatar clothing designers.
2. Data bounty hunters
Because in the metaverse data is everything, and you will want to ensure you have ownership of all of your data, there is a clear space for data bounty hunters—who will have the necessary legal and data mining expertise.
3. Metahuman doctors
Here’s where it gets super sci-fi. In theory, our biometric and physiological data will be tied to our avatars, making it feasible that medical professionals–combining “hard” digital sciences–can diagnose and actually run tests of potential treatments.
4. Metaverse construct architects
Interaction and mobility are key to the metaverse, and constructs—which are anything from a place, object, or experience—need to be developed to make the metaverse a reality.
5. Metaverse event directors
Events such as concerts and museum exhibits have already taken place with great result and participation via game environments like Fortnite, and this will only continue to grow in the metaverse. Event directors who specifically understand this new reality of event experience will be in high demand.