Career outlook for virtual reality designer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Virtual Reality (VR) designers create fictional worlds for developers to turn into immersive experiences. You’ll use all your 3D design skills to create engaging, multi-dimensional environments that easily lend themselves to the VR platform.
Designing for VR calls for detail. The worlds you design must be believable, explorable and interactive. You’ll need to keep your designs free from anything that could distract the user from their digital experience.
At the moment, the tech is most commonly associated with gaming, but it has huge potential for education and training too. You might be tasked with designing a simulation tool that teaches surgeons how to perform a new life-saving operation. Or you might create a hyper-realistic fire that’s used to train firefighters.
Working with such new technology lets you push the limits of what’s possible. You’ll work closely with your development team to find ways to bring your vision to users’ headsets in the most realistic way.
What you’ll do
- Sketch concepts and ideas for the virtual reality world
- Map out the places and tasks a user will encounter as they progress through the immersive experience
- Use computer-aided design (CAD) to convert drawings into 3D models
- Work with developers to make sure your designs can be translated into code
- Design interactive VR features that engage and educate users
- Hold regular meetings with the other people involved in the project to make sure everything is on schedule
- Take part in experience testing and make design changes that incorporate user feedback
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- Verbal communication
- Working with technology
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- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
- Time management
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