Career outlook for ar/vr programmer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
VR and AR are proving exciting for entertainment and leisure markets, but the opportunities don’t stop there. You might also programme immersive training experiences that are used to prepare astronauts before they leave for space. Or you might create the code that introduces arachnophobes to tarantulas as part of a virtual reality therapy programme. For AR and VR programmers, virtually anything is possible.
This tech is still new and is developing all the time. You’ll need to diligently problem-solve, constantly testing and refining your code to make the experiences you’re creating as immersive as possible.
What you’ll do
- Take briefs from clients and colleagues
- Work with AR and VR designers to balance their creative vision with what you can achieve in code
- Write neat, efficient code in a specialist game engine like Unity or Unreal Engine
- Test your creations using Oculus or other AR devices
- Troubleshoot bugs in your code
- Use post-processing tools to improve your final visuals
- Design in-house tools in programmes like Unreal to help your team work faster
- Attend industry conferences and showcases to keep up with the latest developments in the tech
- Pitch ideas to your team and potential clients
UK employment status
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
- Problem solving
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