5 tips on how and who will get a job in the Metaverse

Profile picture of Nick Babich

{date}

{#hash1}

{#hash2}

Illustrations by {name}

A guide to the most-sought after jobs in a burgeoning market, and the skills you need to land one.

8 min read

A 3D rendering of a generic businessperson avatar in a tie against a black and dark purple gradient background.

Stay informed on all things design.

Thanks for submitting!

Shaping Design is created on Editor X, the advanced web design platform for professionals. Create your next project on Editor X. 

Get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox →

We're at the dawn of a new technical revolution, called the Metaverse. When fully realized, it will be the most sophisticated digital platform humans have ever created. It will be a platform for everything—work, sport, entertainment. This platform will offer a new way of interaction—a three-dimensional simulation that allows users to truly immerse themselves in a particular activity. The Metaverse will lead to the next stage of digital transformation that will ultimately change how we interact online—from flat content to spatial, 3-dimensional virtual environment.


Industry leaders like Meta, Epic, and Nvidia invest billions of dollars into the research and development of Metaverse. And there is a reason for that—large financial institutions like Morgan Stanley predict that the Metaverse will be a multi-trillion dollar market. And this new market will create a range of jobs, many of which did not exist before the Metaverse.


This article will explain why you should be ready for this new market and offer a step-by-step guide on how to get a job in the Metaverse.


What we'll cover

Which industries will have new jobs in the Metaverse?

Design

Design-adjacent

How to get a job in the Metverse: a step-by-step guide



Which industries will have new jobs in the Metaverse?


The idea of connecting people is at the heart of the Metaverse. The platform is seen as a network of virtual spaces (worlds) that will open up new ways for people to connect online. It will allow a more natural way of digital communication—users will feel a sense of presence so they can interact more naturally in the 3D space. It will have a substantial impact on our society.


Most business sectors will be affected by the Metaverse. Just as every company a few decades ago created a website, we're approaching the point where every company will have a presence in this new virtual space. This will create a demand for a few groups of professionals.


Metaverse is a product, and any product should be well-designed to create a good user experience. Designers will be by far the most in-demand professionals of this next generation platform. Every object in 3D space—both 3D objects and virtual services—needs to be well-designed. So when it comes to metaverse design, we can expect demand for a few design roles:



UX designer


UX designers are people who design experiences. The Metaverse will be a massive collection of services that users can access (everything we have in the real world will be transferred to the Metaverse), and every service should be designed to be accessible for all groups of users.



Architect


In the early days of the Metaverse, we’ll likely have skeuomorphic environments—that is, digital twins of real-world spaces (like a virtual copy of the Empire State building, for instance). That visual familiarity allows first-time users to quickly transfer their knowledge about the real world to the virtual world, easing the new user onboarding process and creating a comfortable initial experience. So, the skills that architects have in building real-world buildings and spaces will, in many ways, be transferable and valuable in the Metaverse.



3D artist


3D artists will craft 3D objects for the virtual space—from large-scale objects such as a city district to small-scale objects such as the t-shirt of a user avatar.



AR/VR designers


AR/VR designers are people who adjust virtual spaces for AR/VR interaction mediums. They will ensure users can comfortably explore virtual spaces and interact with any virtual object using AR glasses or VR headsets. They will work with UX designers, architects, and 3D artists to achieve this goal.



Fashion designer


In the early days of the Metaverse, we can likely expect 3D artists to explore the field of fashion design, but after a while, fashion designers will have a separate role, which will design the clothing that user avatars wear in the Metaverse. Luxury brands like Balenciaga have already started to explore this direction, and released a collection of digital goods for Fortnite, a metaverse-like platform. Plus, there are no hard and fast rules on what users should wear in the Metaverse, so it gives designers a lot of freedom to try new approaches.



Hardware designer


Hardware designers will design AR glasses and VR headsets we use to access the Metaverse and make them comfortable to use. One of the challenges that hardware designers have to overcome is creating devices that allow long user sessions (devices should not cause any discomfort when people use them for hours).


Now, let’s discuss a few non-designer roles that will also be in high demand.



Infrastructure engineer


The Metaverse will be a massive online experience, with hundreds of live players (or thousands) participating in a single, shared simulation, like a game or music concert. That means that metaverse hardware and software should be capable of synchronizing this information in real-time to create a live experience. That’s why we likely see a huge demand for engineers who can create distributed systems that can scale well. It's likely that developers who previously worked on Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) like Eve Online or Destiny 2 will have a significant competitive advantage since they know how to create large digital worlds that can be run on the average customer hardware.