Here is an overview of key findings from this new report, titled “Visualizing the Future Globally: Demand for 3D Graphics and Real-Time Across the Economy.”
Rise of Real-Time 3D Skills:
In the European and English-speaking non-US countries analyzed, there were almost 34,000 job openings looking for real-time 3D skills in 2019. Demand for real-time skills in 2019 was multiplied by up to 30 times in some countries, and grew at almost twice the pace of the US demand for graphic 3D skills.
Growth in English-Speaking Countries:
Demand for 3D graphics and real-time 3D skills is outpacing overall job market growth in the non-US English-speaking nations studied. The market for these is growing more than 10% faster than the overall job market and over 50% faster than that of the average information technology skill. Across the world, real-time skills are pulling ahead of 3D graphics skills in terms of growth. In Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, the market for real-time skills has grown over 450%, ten times faster than demand for traditional 3D graphics skills.
Demand for real-time 3D skills is rising in new industries that had not previously utilized the technology, such as multimedia design, fashion design, interior design, and urban planning. Real-time 3D is driving growth in these sectors and creating new types of hybrid 3D modeling occupations.
Salary Premiums for Qualified Candidates:
Supply for major 3D graphics skills is not keeping up with growing job market demand, causing market salary premiums in the increasing number of jobs that are looking for these skills. As these skills grow in demand, 3D graphics salary premiums are growing higher, motivating job seekers to pick up these 3D proficiencies for higher wages. In Canada, the average 3D graphics job opening in 2013 offered a 33% salary premium over the average Canadian market salary; in 2019, this premium doubled to almost 70%. In Singapore, 3D graphics experts are in such high demand that the average salary premium offered for a 3D graphics skill has grown from 0% (i.e. average salary is consistent with the country’s average worker) to a 40% average premium.
Overall, the research shows that the use of 3D graphics and real-time skills has grown from a narrow specialization in a handful of industries to a widespread driver of digital change across the board. For both professionals and students, gaining 3D graphics and especially real-time 3D skills provides a tremendous opportunity for advancement. As these skills move from a niche specialty to a core requirement in many fields, educators and training providers need to build real-time 3D into their curriculum, and employers need to take a more strategic view of how to acquire this talent in a competitive market.
Download the full report for further details and breakdowns by industry and country here.