Augmented reality on the rise
Augmented reality (AR) is gaining more and more importance - also in the job market. But what is the best way to start such a career? 2016 went viral out of the story of a man who quit his job to work as a Pokémon Go trainer.
This raises various questions: Can anyone make the career entry in this area? Does it need an apprenticeship or a degree? Should I move to Munich or Berlin? And where are the best chances for success?
3 Tips for Careers in Augmented Reality
Joblift has analyzed job offers and three important ones for this analysis Success Factors which are helpful to start a career in the field of AR:
- Do you study! Looking more closely at the places currently being advertised, one notes that many of the advertisements require a completed degree. 49% of the tenders expect a master's degree, 13% a Bachelordiplom. Around 2% of the posts require even a doctorate. In cross-industry average, however, these quotas are 43%, 7% and 1%. A successful university degree therefore sets the foundation for a career in the AR.
- Put the focus on IT or design! A computer science study is particularly helpful because 35% of the tenders are directed at IT specialists. Design elements are also very popular - 10% of the sites are aimed at designers such as user interface and 3D designers. In the meantime, there are even special study courses devoted to the AR. These are for example the master programs Mulitmedia / VR-Conception at the castle Giebrichstein Kunsthochschule in Halle, Serious Games and Virtual Reality at the Glasgow School of Arts or Virtual and Argumented Reality at the Télécom SudParis. But more generalistic courses in the fields of computer science, media informatics, computer visualization and game design are also promising starting points to tackle a career in the AR.
- Move to Munich or Berlin! After studying, it is then the search for the perfect job. However, in which city are the prospects for an exciting place with AR reference best? Particularly promising is a search in Munich and Berlin - each 10% of the jobs are written there. So you will find around 1 / 5 of the German AR jobs in Munich and Berlin. The two large cities are thus a promising starting point in the search for a position in the AR area. Ingolstadt and Frankfurt am Main each offer around 5% of vacancies and are therefore also relevant work places.
Where are concrete job opportunities?
An IT, design or even AR degree - ideally with a master's degree - is the ideal starting point for your job search. In addition, the job variety in Munich and Berlin is particularly large.
Incidentally, 2016 had exactly one job offer looking for a Pokémon Go Trainer. A German startup magazine is looking for a passionate trainer to help catch Pokémons and hatch eggs by demonstrating his stamina on trips all over Berlin.
How do trends influence the job market?
But how are current trends in the labor market in general? The fact is: In our highly technical world, each year is characterized by very specific technologies. And also in job search there are true trend technologies, as the data from Indeed shows.
For example, the game Pokémon Go and virtual reality goggles that let you dive into interactive 360 grade worlds were omnipresent to 2016 in public. At public fairs like IFA or CeBit you could hardly overlook the glasses.
From Pokémon Go to VR glasses
And at the Zukunft Personal there were several virtual reality booths at the same time. In Pokémon Go, the characters are virtually embedded in their own, real environment - which is why at times even public places in Germany have been banned from playing. Augmented reality is the technology that makes this possible.
Both trends also marked 2016's performance in the labor market. For example, searches for the term "Jobs in Augmented Reality" on the world's largest Jobsite Indeed jumped after the launch of Pokemon Go in the US. If you look to Germany, here is a clear picture. Searches for augmented or virtual reality have increased by as much as 2014 percent between 2016 and 630.
Blockchain and FinTech
A similar breakthrough came in 2017 for jobs in the fintech industry. In particular, jobs around the technology Blockchain should rise suddenly and attract more interest of the Jobsuchenden on itself.
FinTech is the industry name for startups that develop digital services for the financial and banking sector. Central technology is the so-called blockchain. This enables the writing of data records, which can not be changed in the sequence. In this way, processes that are purely digital are protected against counterfeiting, proof of security and thus justifiable. This is a basic prerequisite for the trust required in finance.
The shaft is rolling
Neither the term FinTech nor blockchain are in the public focus yet. The big tipping point that Augmented and Virtual Reality had this year with Pokemon Go and the VR glasses has so far not materialized.
There are two unmistakable signs for this. First, the trade media already report on the development. On the other hand, Indeed already shows a significant increase after jobs in this environment. Searches for "FinTech" have increased by 86 percent compared to the previous year. The search for "Blockchain" even shows an increase of 241 percent. We will keep watching the development!
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