Hired: AR/VR engineers replace blockchain programmers as hottest commodity

AR/VR engineers are in high demand.

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Augmented reality and virtual reality jobs are hot, with demand surging 1,400% in 2019, according to a new State of Software Engineers report by job site Hired.

This means that AR/VR knowledge is the hot new thing, supplanting blockchain engineers, who according to Hired’s data were in demand a year ago. In last year’s report, blockchain engineer demand grew 517%. It’s a surprise to me, as AR/VR is having a mixed impact in consumer markets. But demand in the enterprise is strong.

Hired said that AR/VR engineer salaries range from $135,000 to $150,000 in large U.S. tech hubs. The majority of software engineers predict that we will see the full impact of AR/VR in the next five years. Meanwhile, demand for gaming engineers grew 146% in 2019, and demand for security engineers grew 49%.