The data comes from more than 10,000 companies and millions of job seekers who interact with the Hired job site. The company takes that data and combines it with thousands of survey responses from top tech talent to discern their wants, needs, and expectations.Meanwhile, the report highlights the consistently high salaries commanded by machine learning experts. It also notes the growing need for engineers skilled in Google’s Go language.
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Jaron Lanier created a virtual reality device in the 1980’s (EyePhone 1/HRX) and costed up to $49,000 for the goggles and gloves.
It’s worth noting that demand growth for blockchain engineers slowed to 9% this year, normalizing from its explosive 517% growth last year. This isn’t a surprise, as a lot of cryptocurrency and blockchain companies are struggling to get mainstream acceptance. Some companies are scoring relationships with big companies, but there were a lot of blockchain companies that got funding and haven’t found traction.Hired said it sees the growth in AR/VR demand as a direct reflection of the technology itself coming of age for a broader swath of business outside of gaming. From beauty companies like Sephora to furniture retailers like Wayfair, many different types of companies are embracing the capabilities of these world-building technologies.
Last year I concluded that, despite the issues, “there doesn’t seem to be any unproven hurdles in their way, but it’s going to take careful execution to get there.” After going hands-on with the production version of the Pimax “8K” and “5K” Plus this week at CES 2019, I came away impressed with the progress the company has made toward delivering a headset with an ultrawide FOV that can stand as a real option next to contemporary headsets.
Companies are keeping pay competitive
Image Credit: HiredIn every major market, machine learning engineers rank within the top 10 highest paid roles, with San Francisco leading the pay pack at $162,000 per year (a 6% increase over last year’s average machine learning salary in San Francisco). Search engineers get paid even more than the machine learning engineers at $165,000 a year.
Other highly paid constants across markets are the roles of NLP (natural language processing) engineer, security engineer, and gaming engineer, all of which cracked the top 10 highest paid roles in at least two Hired markets.
Kids Aren’t the Only People Interested in VR. Both Generation Z and Millennials are interested in trying virtual reality, but Baby Boomers aren’t far behind. According to research by Greenlight VR and Touchstone Research, 64 percent of Baby Boomers have positive feelings about virtual reality.
The most in-demand skills
Image Credit: HiredIn last year’s State of Software Engineers report, the candidate skillsets that made them the most in demand on the marketplace were candidates with Google’s Go, and those candidates have only become more in demand in the last year.
Before developers land jobs — or even get an initial offer — they have to work their way through a variety of coding exams, whiteboarding sessions, and behavioral interviews.But only 31% think coding exams effectively test their aptitude, while two-thirds say most coding exams are irrelevant to the daily job of an engineer, Hiring said. Of all the tests they’ll have to take to get the job, developers aren’t up at night worrying about behavioral interviews — just 12% say it’s the most stressful part of the process, Hiring said.
In June 2016, Digitimes reported that Nintendo had delayed Switch’s launch to March 2017 to enhance the console with Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities. Four months ago, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, confirmed to Ars Technica that the company was actively experimenting with Virtual Reality for its software.
Coding exams and whiteboarding sessions are a different story. A full 42% of developers cite coding exams as the most stressful part of the interview process, and 38% say the same about whiteboarding sessions.