The metaverse is one of the hottest topics in tech right now. Here’s your guide to the most in-demand skill sets you can develop if you want to ride this immersive new wave.

The metaverse — the next evolution of the internet that will create an immersive, 3D world where our digital avatars will be able to work, learn and play across virtual environments — is one of the hottest topics in the tech world right now.

And according to a recent Citi report, the business opportunities in the metaverse are enormous. Experts predict the metaverse could generate approximately $13 trillion in value for worldwide businesses by the year 2030.

Curious about what the metaverse might mean for you? Here are a few quick examples:

In the metaverse, instead of visiting a regular 2D website, you’ll be able to virtually try on retail products using augmented reality (AR). Zoom meetings might become a thing of the past as virtual reality (VR) spaces replace traditional video conferencing.

The new digital world will be more engaging, more realistic, and more human (e.g., we’ll be able to read body language more easily in the metaverse!).

The Metaverse Needs These Skill Sets

As in so many other tech fields, women are under-represented in this interesting and fast-developing field, and that is a problem. We need women to help us build the metaverse of the future.

Anyone who wants to join this brave new digital world should be thinking about building some critical, useful skill sets, including:

  • 3D Modeling and Design
  • VR/AR Development
  • Computer Programming
  • Blockchain/NFT Engineering
  • UI/UX Design
  • Data Skills
  • Cybersecurity
  • Marketing
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Project Management

These skills are in high demand, and it’s easier than ever to acquire them via online courses, often at little or even no cost.

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Here are some of the best online learning opportunities for learning metaverse skills:

  • Udemy’s Metaverse Masterclass — This is a bite-sized, general-purpose class where you can learn the basics of the metaverse, including blockchain, NFTs, virtual and augmented reality, cryptocurrencies, and how to buy and sell land in the metaverse.
  • Coursera’s Virtual Reality Specialization — This course teaches participants about the hardware and software involved in creating immersive 3D worlds. You’ll also learn the basics of 3D graphic design, and get started on developing your own project within a VR environment.
  • Learn Roblox Studio — Roblox is more than just a kid’s game! It’s a wildly popular platform that comes with its own editing tools. In fact, you can use Roblox to deliver unique digital marketing experiences, alongside some of the biggest brands in the world.
  • Udemy’s Start Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Metaverse Business — Develop metaverse business ideas from scratch, and learn how you can establish yourself as a provider of VR and AR skills on a freelance or agency basis.
  • The Complete Unity Game Development Course — Learn how to build video games using the popular Unity engine. The principles you’ll learn are directly relevant to creating the immersive experiences that are becoming popular for metaverse projects.
  • SuperHi Intro to User Experience Design — Frictionless, delightful user experiences (UX) are a critical part of metaverse design. This course will teach you the basics of UX design so you can communicate your vision and build high-quality virtual worlds and environments.
  • Web3 Blockchain Bootcamp — This course, which teaches the fundamentals of Web3 technologies, is a good fit for computer programmers or engineers who already have an understanding of javascript.

About the author

Bernard Marr is an internationally best-selling business author, world-renowned futurist, and strategic advisor to many of the world’s best-known organisations on digital transformation strategies, technology trends, and business performance. He is ranked as one of the Top 5 Business Influencers in the World by LinkedIn. His new book, Future Skills: The 20 Skills and Competencies Everyone Needs to Succeed in a Digital World is out now (published by Wiley, £18.99).