A silly game that has taken the world by storm could further accelerate demand for jobs involving futuristic digital technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
While Pokemon GO is all about capturing little cartoon figures in an alternate reality, the game may fuel an exponential increase in job seekers hoping to capture AR or VR positions in actual reality, according to data from global job site Indeed.
Analyzing job searches on its site, the company found that job searches this year related to AR or VR have increased 256 percent in the United Kingdom since 2014 and 376 percent in Australia since last year.
Meanwhile, demand for job applicants with futuristic digital technology skills is accelerating even faster, with AR and VR job postings up 605 percent since 2014.
While Indeed didn’t release data from other global job markets, there’s no doubt that interest in AR and VR is spiking wherever enterprises are seeking to increase employee productivity and customer satisfaction. Last month, ABI Research forecast that augmented reality (AR) in the enterprise would “explode over the next five years, as the technology will add functionality to existing workforces that was not previously possible, with remote assistance to be the primary use case.”
“The Pokémon Go effect could be a game-changer because it’s likely to focus attention on a range of skills from programming and design to art and 3D modelling,” Indeed UK Managing Director Bill Richards said in a statement. “These could be the hot jobs of the future. Employers may soon need an army of augmented reality architects to design the virtual worlds we’ll all be accessing.”
On the consumer side, AR and VR have potential applications in healthcare (virtual exams) and retailing (making the online shopping experience richer). And, as demonstrated by Pokemon GO, AR and VR already are being leveraged by game designers and publishers to create even more alternate-reality entertainment.
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