The Metaverse — It’s more than just a sci-fi concept! While no one definition exists that is universally agreed upon, the Metaverse is commonly described as a cloud-based, immersive social arena with avatars used to interact in spaces that may reflect real world locations or totally unique and fantastical worlds. The experience will evolve to be driven by the increasing implementation of 3D technology and VR goggles and devices. Even Facebook has changed its name to Meta as a reflection of how people will use the internet to connect, interact, and work in the Metaverse. 

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The Nature of Work in the Metaverse

The Metaverse workplace will be more than a mere hybrid of current remote work models. Employers will need to develop a “platform vision” that includes a deeper understanding of their work and how it is to be accomplished in a digital world. Specialists in AI, blockchain, digital ecosystems, and quantum computing will work in tandem with existing departments to redesign the workplace, to develop or modify products and services, and to identify customers or markets that have opened up in this new VR setting. Workplace and HR policies will also need to evolve to accommodate the challenges of separate work and social profiles, and how people interact appropriately. 

Advantages of Work in the Metaverse

Recent years have shown that people gladly embrace remote work and digital versions of communication, schooling and work. As organizations embrace a more virtual workplace, they will benefit from work in the Meteverse in several important ways: 

  1. Improvements to traditional remote work: The major complaint to remote work has been the lack of real interaction. While Zoom calls have proliferated, people still lack the ability to read in-person body language and personal presence, and employees can easily feel disconnected from their teams. The Metaverse offers an expansive virtual workplace where employee images or avatars can interact with each other and experience the workplace in a manner more reminiscent of the traditional environment.
  2. 3D world for problem-solving: Many business problems and projects are best addressed through visual representations, but this has not always been realistic given technological limitations. A new 3D world will allow virtually anything to be modeled and examined and tested using AI and digital twin technology. These advances will result in faster and cheaper problem solving for construction, design, engineering and health care, just to name a few.
  3. Infinite space: Almost every organization will at some point be in need of additional office space that simply cannot be provided physically or financially. The Metaverse promises limitless space, giving developers the power to add extensions to existing space, and make them fully interoperable and collaborative. Healthcare professionals, for example, could rapidly switch between an office and a surgical suite with the push of a button.
  4. Freedom from hardware: From an efficiency standpoint, the Metaverse promises access to things like digital whiteboards, workstations, and conferencing equipment, all at a fraction of real-world costs.

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New Jobs in the Metaverse

Some new jobs in the Metaverse will be digital versions of real-world careers while others will be truly new in nature. A few examples of Metaverse-based roles:

  • Metahuman doctors to treat patients in the digital world, test hypotheses and create new forms of treatments without the associated risks in the real world.
  • Tour guides that provide users with travel and vacations touring nations, historical places, and mythical locales.
  • Construction architects that design new worlds previously unseen or imagined. These worlds will be dynamic and constructed to be experienced based on pre-programmed actions and constraints.
  • Digital asset executors to manage the digital estates after the death of the physical owners.
  • Data bounty hunters to track down data to enforce intellectual property rights and personal identities. 
  • Digital fashion designers create clothing and styles for the avatars that represent individuals in the new digital Metaverse.
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Tech Skills for the Metaverse

In the new Metaverse, individuals will need to develop the skills that address the wide range of professional opportunities. Simplilearn's Full Stack Java Developer course can help acquire necessary knowledge and skills to start your career in metaverse. Computer engineers will need training in Javascript, API integrations, SQL and other relevant, industry recognized technologies. Digital designers interested in avatars and environments will need training in 3D design and many of the skills currently in use in computer gaming. Employers will be looking for credentials that demonstrate the technological skills for work in the metaverse, and it promises to be an exciting new world.

About the Author

Stuart RauchStuart Rauch

Stuart Rauch is a 25-year product marketing veteran and president of ContentBox Marketing Inc. He has run marketing organizations at several enterprise software companies, including NetSuite, Oracle, PeopleSoft, EVault and Secure Computing. Stuart is a specialist in content development and brings a unique blend of creativity, linguistic acumen and product knowledge to his clients in the technology space.

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