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AR/VR Engineers are professionals who use technology to augment reality (AR), real-life environments and/or generate virtual reality (VR) spaces that users can interact with. The AR/VR field is an emerging technology that is gaining popularity with consumers, particularly those interested in gaming. While AR manipulates a real environment with digitally-produced items, such as video, text and audio overlays and 3D graphics that can “surround” users and make them feel part of this generated world, VR allows users to interact with a computer-generated environment, using items like VR hand and headsets. AR/VR Engineers daily duties may include developing, troubleshooting and analyzing AR/VR archetypes and build these products using various programming languages and software design suites. Professionals in the AR/VR field may have a background in computer science, graphic design and engineering.
AR/VR Engineers may have initially found a foothold in the gaming and entertainment industry, helping to develop and produce augmented reality videogames, holographic images of popstars that grace the stages of some of the biggest music festivals and blockbuster films with riveting virtual reality scenes, but this field has evolved well beyond these performances and continues to grow. The medical/healthcare, advertising/marketing, education and architectural sectors have also benefited from the technology and knowhow AR/VR Engineers have mastered. AR/VR Engineers have already been acquired by leading tech companies including Apple, Google and Facebook, while startups in many industries across the nation have invested in these professionals and their unique talent to standout from the crowd with their virtual or augmented reality capabilities. Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seattle and New York City are where AR/VR Engineers are in highest demand.