We have rarely seen a term take on such importance in such a short time: the metaverse is on everyone’s lips, in all marketing briefs or pitches of startups, and even invites itself in the speeches of the candidates for the last presidential elections. , such as Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. A driving trend in marketing and a fundamental revolution in the way of designing the future of the Web, the “Metaverse” arouses curiosity, enthusiasm or skepticism. But despite those who shout at the buzz, all the ingredients seem to come together for the metaverse to become reality, starting with the uses and investments, creating many job opportunities, many of which have yet to be invented. Let’s explore these fields of the future with Ridouan Abagri, co-founder and CEO of Digital College, and his new school, Metaverse College.
The metaverse, the new digital frontier?
Every day a Frenchman spends an average of 8 hours a day in front of a screen connected to the Internet, having fun watching series or video games, chatting with friends, family or complete strangers, but also shopping or working. . The use of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets – notions increasingly confused under the term mixed (XR) or extended reality – will develop as supply increases and prices fall. HTC, Sony, Samsung, Oculus (Meta) and soon Apple… All of these companies offer headsets, most of which are less expensive than a good mid-range smartphone.
As for investments, Meta said it has already spent $ 10 billion developing its immersive platform Horizon Word, which has already attracted 300,000 users since its launch in late 2021. A player like Epic Games, the studio behind the Fortnite game and the Unreal Engine, has already raised more than 3 billion dollars, including two from Sony and one from Lego, to develop their own platform with these players. Finally, other players are betting on decentralization as the foundation of the immersive web and see blockchain technology as the way to make platforms interoperable. They are part of the development of Web3, unlike the giants of Web2 which are GAFAM. In this economy, value is traded using cryptocurrencies such as cryptocurrencies or NFTs.
“In recent years there has been the advent of digital, social networks and the collaborative economy. We are now at the dawn of the advent of the Web3 and the metaverse “, adds Ridouan Abagri, co-founder and CEO of Digital College, as well as Metaverse College, which will open its doors at the beginning of the 2022 academic year, based on the observation that Meta promises the creation of 10,000 jobs in Europe for its metaverse activity in the coming years. Quoting a study transmitted by Pôle Emploi, he adds: “85% of the jobs that will be filled in 2030 do not yet exist. It is therefore quite difficult to anticipate these developments. However, some of these professions of the future are already sought after by the actors who are currently building the metaverse, starting with Meta, and they indicate which skills and tools in this sector must be mastered in perennial conviction but which, in the future, will be. indispensable as the Web or social networks are today. “
What are the future professions of the metaverse?
Having said that, what are the skills to be developed to work in these future immersive worlds? What training should be taken? What tools do you need to master? “If we start from the already researched professions, which I mentioned earlier, we can mention in particular the MAO software, the mastery of specific blockchain languages, programmatic development and the design of 2D / 3D interfaces with Unity. o Unreal Engine. But the metaverse professions are also a huge ecosystem, with new professions tied to sectors disrupted by this new tool. We will find opportunities such as: XR developer, financial or blockchain consultant, data architect, 3D graphic designer, meta designer, AI engineer and many more … “, details the Director General of the Digital College.
AR / VR architects, designers and graphic designers
Of course, the first professions we think of will be those directly deriving from digital and video games as we know them today. Just like the Web / UX / UI designers who create the sites that Internet users go to, professionals will design accessible spaces and experiences in immersive metaverse environments.
Many professions related to video games will also be called: game designers, programmers, 3D modelers or even artificial intelligence experts, to artificially generate large universes, or even to animate artificial characters, virtual influencers or even star avatars reproduced thanks to morphing.
Developers specializing in AR / VR / XR will collaborate with architects and designers charged with reproducing or inventing the buildings and objects that will animate these immersive environments, while new professions such as that of “Digital stylist”, responsible for creating the clothes and fashion accessories that users’ avatars will wear. On social networks, virtual fashion is already at the center of the offer of companies such as DressX, Replicant or Tribute.
Blockchain and NFT specialists
One of the challenges of the metaverse is being able to find his avatar, his clothes and all his possessions from platform to platform. Many rely on blockchain technology to make this interoperability possible, and more specifically “Certificates of ownership” what are NFTs, which establish the concept of digital scarcity and take the form of unique inscriptions attached to the “wallet” of their owner, who also acts as a unique identifier to access the different platforms.
More generally, it is cryptocurrencies that will make it possible to transfer value, or even reward users for their actions on the platforms, particularly in the context of concepts ” play to earn ” Where “ learn to earn “. The metaverse should therefore lead to the development of professions specialized in cryptography, but also to the development of blockchains and” smart contracts “, Tamper-proof programs that run automatically when conditions on the blockchain are met. These are used in particular to manage decentralized finance applications, but also allow you to create, for example, time capsules, loyalty programs, wills, etc.
Will all professions eventually have a 3.0 version?
Once the metaverse is installed and navigated by users, it will be necessary to hire people to sell NFTs, create traffic in virtual stores, answer customer questions, animate communities on Discord and organize virtual events, guarantee brand environments. “safe for the brand”, collect and analyze user data, insure their assets against hacks, offer them loans or ways to grow them “Meta-heritage”o manage their assets and protect their rights.
The classic professions of commerce, marketing and customer relations, but also professionals in project management, events, cybersecurity, finance and accounting, or even law, will be called upon and will be able to exercise such innovative and varied professions how much “Smart contract lawyer”, a lawyer specializing in blockchain, “Digital asset performer” an executor, or metaverse events director. But in the metaverse, some professions could be very far from their equivalent 1 or 2.0: an asset manager could, for example, grow his clients’ wealth by playing there. ” play to earn »Or by renting these assets to other users!
One essential question remains: What level of remuneration will these metaverse specialists be able to claim? ” Lhas diversity of Web3 exchanges is such that the payment ranges are huge. At first, the profiles with skills related to the metaverse will be solicited by many companies and their salaries will explode as has happened with the digitization of our society until they are balanced on a rather high average that exceeds the median salary. For example, a young XR developer will be able to receive 36,000 euros in annual salary in the context favorable to this new technology, while the most experienced will be able to rise up to 70,000 euros per year, on the main issues of digital transformation., explains Ridouan Abagri, convinced that the need for skills will increase in the coming years. This is what drives a player like Digital College to launch a new dedicated offer, the Metaverse College, from the beginning of the next school year.
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