Career outlook for virtual reality designer

Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


Five year job forecast


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What's it like?

Virtual Reality Designers use their 3D design skills to create immersive digital worlds used for education, training and entertainment.

You could be designing a practical teaching tool for a life-saving surgical operation or assisting new pilots by replicating real-world scenarios in a flight simulator.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Sketching concepts and ideas for the virtual reality world.
  • Using computer-aided design (CAD) to convert drawings into 3D models.
  • Designing interactive VR features that engage and educate users.

Here are some of the skills needed for this job. Sign in to see how your skills match up.

  • Adaptability
  • Verbal communication
  • Working with technology
  • Creative
  • Designing
  • Innovative
  • Problem solving
  • Researching
  • Attention to detail
  • Developing a plan

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Foundation Apprenticeships

Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

You'll get an SCQF level 6 qualification (the same level as a Higher) plus valuable work placement experience and skills you can't learn in a classroom.

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Virtual Reality Designers work in a wide range of industries and have a similarly broad range of skills and qualifications.

A Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma or degree in the following relevant subjects can provide skills highly valued by employers in this field:

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

You can also get practical experience relevant to this role with an apprenticeship. These include:

Useful subjects

Useful subjects:

  • ICT
  • Art and Design
  • Physics

In S5/6, a Foundation Apprenticeships in Software Development or Engineering can help develop the skills you need.