Meta is offering a million-dollar annual salary to recruit people. What high-paying jobs are available in the metaverse?

What high-paying jobs are available in the metaverse that offer a million-dollar annual salary from Meta?

Mark Zuckerberg has recently become the focus of attention worldwide, and news about him seems to be everywhere.

First, Zuckerberg was challenged by Twitter CEO Elon Musk for his new social media platform Threads, which is similar to Twitter. Musk tweeted that he was ready for a cage fight if Zuckerberg was willing. Zuckerberg’s response was: Send me the address.

Second, The Wall Street Journal reported that Meta is in talks with Tencent to introduce Meta’s VR headset into the Chinese market. However, due to Zuckerberg’s accusation that Chinese companies steal American technology, this move faces significant operational and public relations challenges.

Of course, Zuckerberg has also had positive news, mainly about the metaverse. Sources say that to attract excellent VR developers, Meta offers salaries of up to one million dollars (currently about 7.26 million yuan) per year, significantly higher than current market levels.

Blockingtrick McAdams, CEO of Andiamo, said that Meta’s salary level is significantly higher than other large companies, and their total compensation is double or more than other large internet companies.

From these news reports, we can roughly outline Zuckerberg’s personality and image: he is competitive, unscrupulous, and willing to take risks. This is the key to his success as a billionaire and the root cause of his missed opportunities.

From the sky-high acquisition of Oculus to the stubborn all-in on the metaverse, these are all manifestations of Zuckerberg’s personality traits, but even Zuckerberg struggles on this path. From 2012 to the second quarter of 2023, Meta has invested about $56 billion in the Reality Labs department. This expenditure includes marketing, manufacturing and hardware subsidies, software, research and development, and mergers and acquisitions. Reality Labs has generated approximately $7 billion in cumulative revenue, which means that the department has incurred a net loss of $49 billion to date.

The current situation of continuous blood loss for Meta, combined with the economic downturn cycle, has resulted in three large-scale layoffs in 2021 alone, with a total of 21,000 employees laid off, equivalent to 24% of last year’s total employees. According to Zuckerberg, this move is intended to restructure and optimize the company. Meta will increase investment in fields such as the metaverse and artificial intelligence to achieve the company’s long-term vision.

Even if he loses money and lays off employees, Zuckerberg is still stubbornly committed to increasing investment in the metaverse. The million-dollar salary for VR developers mentioned at the beginning of the article also confirms this. Therefore, regardless of whether you like Zuckerberg or not, his stubbornness has some merit. At the very least, he has created job opportunities for us in the metaverse industry, and the salaries provided are not low.

In the long run, it is estimated that the economy of the metaverse will grow to 5 trillion US dollars by 2030, and many new types of businesses will emerge in the metaverse, inevitably leading to an increase in new job opportunities. For this reason, we have compiled a list of high-paying jobs that the metaverse will bring, and explained the professional skills required for each position.

AR/VR Software Engineer

Annual Salary: $114,000-$191,000

Job Description: AR/VR software engineers need to participate in the design, development, testing, deployment, and maintenance of software engineering systems, and ensure the quality and progress of the project. They need to write efficient, readable, and maintainable code based on requirements analysis and design documents, and conduct unit testing, integration testing, performance testing, etc. They also need to use auxiliary development tools such as version control, debugging tools, and document tools, and be able to solve key problems and technical difficulties in engineering. According to ZipRecruiter data, the average annual salary of VR engineers is $114,331, and some engineers earn as much as $191,000 per year.

Skill Requirements: AR/VR software engineers need to be proficient in at least one XR SDK, such as ARCore, ARKit, SenseAR, ARFoundation, Vuforia, Wikitude, etc., to create AR experiences for mobile platforms. Or use Oculus SDK, HTC Vive SDK, SteamVR SDK, etc., to create VR experiences for head-mounted devices. Or use WebXR API, A-Frame, Three.js, etc., to create XR experiences for the web platform.

UI/UX Designer

Salary: $128,000-$198,000 per year

Job Description: UI/UX designers are very important in the metaverse and are professionals responsible for designing and optimizing user interfaces and user experiences in the metaverse field. They need to create immersive and interactive metaverse experiences based on different application scenarios and user needs. According to Glassdoor data, the average annual salary of Meta UX designers is $134,993, and some designers earn as much as $198,000 per year.

Skills Required: Metaverse UI/UX designers need to be proficient in at least one UI design tool such as Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, etc., and be able to use these tools for interface design. For web-based metaverse applications, familiarity with front-end technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JS is also required. For game engine-based metaverse applications, familiarity with the use and optimization of engines such as Unity or Unreal is also required. For 3D modeling-based metaverse applications, proficiency with tools such as Blender, Maya, Cinema4D, etc., is required for the creation and optimization of 3D models and environments.

3D Designer

Salary: $77,000-$106,000 per year

Job Description: 3D designers are responsible for creating the metaverse and objects that people will interact with in the metaverse. Job duties include, but are not limited to, using 3D software (such as 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, etc.) to create three-dimensional models based on original drawings or reference materials, including characters, scenes, props, etc.; adding materials and textures to 3D models to make them more realistic and expressive; using rendering software (such as VRay, Keyshot, UE4, etc.) to process lighting, shadows, reflections, and other effects on 3D models to generate high-quality images or videos; using animation software (such as Maya, MotionBuilder, C4D, etc.) to perform bone binding, motion capture, keyframe editing, etc. on 3D models to create smooth and expressive animations.

Skills Required: 3D modeling requires a certain level of artistic ability and spatial sense, able to grasp proportions, structures, details, etc.; 3D rendering requires a certain level of aesthetic literacy and visual expressiveness, able to control rendering parameters and post-processing; 3D animation requires a certain level of animation theory knowledge and dynamic sense, able to grasp rhythm, speed, center of gravity, etc.

Metaverse Architect

Salary: $200,000-$500,000 per year

Job Description: Responsible for the research and planning of metaverse-related technical architecture, including underlying infrastructure, devices, content, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other technical fields, selecting appropriate technical routes and solutions, and solving technical difficulties and challenges; responsible for the innovative development of metaverse-related products and services, including applications such as games, social, education, entertainment, finance, etc., using tools such as 3D engines, XR technology, digital twin technology, etc., to create immersive and interactive experiences.

Skills required: Need to be proficient in at least one programming language, such as C++, C#, Java, Python, etc., able to write efficient, stable, and scalable code, and use various open source software and frameworks; Need to be proficient in at least one 3D design software, such as 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, etc., able to create and optimize 3D models, animations, textures, etc., and use various rendering software and engines. Need to be proficient in at least one XR technology, such as VR/AR, MR, etc., able to use various devices and platforms, such as Oculus, Meta, SteamVR, etc., and design and develop immersive and interactive applications; Need to be proficient in at least one artificial intelligence technology, such as machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing, etc., able to use various frameworks and libraries, such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, OpenCV, NLTK, etc., and design and develop intelligent functions and services.

Web3 Developer

Salary: $150,000-$200,000 per year

Job description: Web3 developers are crucial to the metaverse as they are responsible for all blockchain aspects of the metaverse, including systems that allow for secure transactions within the metaverse, decentralized applications (Dapps), and writing smart contracts. According to ZipRecruiter, the average salary for blockchain developers is $150,000 per year, with some developers earning as much as $200,000 per year.

Skills required: To land a job as a Web3 developer, you should have a basic understanding of blockchain and cryptography. If you plan to write smart contracts on Ethereum, you should know Solidity. Other relevant programming languages include Python, Ruby, JavaScript, C++, and C#. You should also be familiar with DSA.

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