There is so much hype and excitement around the metaverse concept, and unless you live under the rock, you’ve heard about some of the possibilities the metaverse is unlocking.
However, if you haven’t heard of metaverse before now, here’s a brief summary. Essentially, metaverse refers to a shared virtual world and digital spaces where people can experience using wearable technologies such as virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR).
So far, we have been witnessing a wave of investment rounds as well as a growing number of innovative inventions emerging within the new reality. While some of these inventions are strange, especially considering that they exist in a virtual environment, they are creating seemingly strange job opportunities for people who visit.
That also suggests that we may soon have professionals working in the metaverse by simply utilizing virtual reality glasses or other augmented reality accessories. Thankfully, the metaverse has everything it takes to become the new web space and create a conducive environment for virtual workers.
Interestingly, just as there are some pretty weird jobs in real life, such as a professional sleeper or professional mourner (i.e., a moriologist) there are many weird professions in the metaverse. Some of these professions caught our attention, and we have decided to curate a list of weird or not-so-weird professions (depending on how you look at it) in the metaverse.
1 Meta Hairstylist
Ok, this is funny! Without a doubt, grooming is one of the hallmarks of beauty for men and women. And while men may go to the barbershop to get their hair trimmed, many women, on the other hand, visit beauty salons. Usually, women’s hair stylists are at a physical salon, but things seem to have taken a turn with the metaverse.
Well, as the saying goes, “there is no smoke without a fire.” In the metaverse, each participant is represented by an avatar, one you definitely would want to appear gorgeous or handsome.
Sometimes, people want to make their avatars look beautiful and ready for that virtual date in a completely virtual setting. To that end, hairstylists have started opening salons for virtual citizens’ hair styling needs. Notably, Louise & Fred, one of Germany’s leading hair salons, is now the Metaverse’s first exclusive salon.
With salons getting in, you can book appointments and get all sorts of hair treatments and even accessories. Making your unreal self look better than your real self is a superb investment if you ask me, especially since you can commercialize it one way or the other.
What does a meta hairstylist do all day?
Well, there’s not much of a precise description right now, but one could say it’s the same thing a real-life hairstylist would do: get your avatar an amazing look.
2 Meta Stripper
Since there are strip clubs in the metaverse, such as Club Ruby, a virtual reality strip club accessed through the popular VRChat app on a Meta Quest headset, it is safe to assume that meta strippers will be heading there pretty soon, of course, with their avatars.
Avatars can actually get naked and do things we won’t mention here, and there are also meta strippers, which give people more ways to interact with and experience the metaverse. As we all know, nothing flourishes like giving people opportunities to explore their desires.
In the same vein, virtual erotic role play is on the rise and will definitely be a go-to activity for many young and old people. For now, we are not sure exactly how that can be pleasing, but we suppose many would love to explore strippers in the metaverse.
What does a Meta Stripper Do All day?
Meta strippers work much like real strippers, offering exotic dances and body movements to charm those who come to the strip clubs.
3 Avatar Influencer
Avatar influencing is not entirely a new marketing concept per se, but it is new to the virtual world where humans are substituted with avatars. Previously, we witnessed people leveraging social mediums like Instagram for the purpose of influencer marketing.
Currently, there are already a couple of them getting likes and getting the eyes of brands. In fact, whether the avatars are created after real influencers or not, they equally play the role of brand influencers, with the advantage of being always available at and in multiple locations at the same time.
Renner (LREN3) and Magalu (MGLU3) are some prominent retailers that have also been working with these virtual influencers. Similarly, Hugo Boss announced that two virtual influencers, Imma and Nobody Sausage, will be part of their Spring/Summer 2022 campaigns, #HowDoYouHUGO and #BeYourOwnBoss.
Furthermore, avatar influencers in the metaverse will be a great link for brands to connect with young consumers. After all, youth mostly populate metaverses these days.
What Does an Avatar Influencer Do All day?
Avatar Influencers are similar to real-life influencers and do virtually the same thing all day. In the metaverse, Avatar Influencers build a reputation for their knowledge and expertise on a specific topic. They are able to connect much more with audiences and gather huge followings.
Since Avatars will be controlled by the person behind them, they can move from place to place and interact in spaces entirely different from social media as it is today to interact with followers.
4 Metaverse Real Estate Agent
What is more normal than buying land that you cannot touch, even though its value could fluctuate. It seems many people are shifting from owning physical land to owning digital land. Talk about love for potential.
For instance, Snoop Dogg staked out a home for himself in The Sandbox, and Paris Hilton has an island in Roblox. It remains to be seen, but one can assume that both Snoop and Paris made excellent investment decisions.
Ownership of digital properties is contractual, just like physical property. However, unlike owning a physical plot of land or property, collectors in the metaverse are able to make claims to virtual lands or properties that are often represented as NFTs. Encrypted in this NFT is a digital ledger containing an ownership ID or proof of ownership of the digital land parcel, much like a physical deed would.
Remembering that Metaverse real estate sales reached $500 million in 2021, it is safe to say we might need metaverse real estate agents who have the expertise and knowledge of metaverse to guide potential buyers. Perhaps one day, metaverse real estate agents will exist and will have some form of license to do what they do.
What Does a Metaverse Real Estate Agent Do All day?
The obvious answer is to sell or lease digital land, which sounds interestingly funny. A real estate agent in the metaverse basically arranges digital estate transactions, putting buyers and sellers together and acting as their representatives in negotiations.
5 Metaverse Interior Designer
As weird as it sounds, buying a digital property in the metaverse is one thing; but designing it to look like the dream home you want is another, and that’s where Interior Designers find their own purpose in this case. This set of professionals is particularly tasked with making a digital home more homely, if you don’t consider it wasteful spending for a home you’d never actually live in.
Usually, Interior designers and digital architects work collaboratively to design these virtual spaces in real-time while finetuning them until they achieve the desired outcome within the metaverse.
Since metaverse interiors don’t require physical materials, they will eliminate manufacturing costs and lead times for both consumers and designers. For example, if a potential customer wants a digital chair molded from blue plastic instead of mahogany, it would take minutes to change the material texture. I bet this sounds too sci-fi and weird, but the metaverse is in fact a make-believe world.
What Does a Metaverse Interior Designer Do All day?
Interior Designers haven’t started taking up space in the metaverse yet, but we can broadly say Interior Designers make indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting essential and decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials, among other aesthetic factors.
While the metaverse is still in its infancy, it presents a lot of opportunities beyond the virtual world. Entertainment, for one, has garnered attention in the metaverse since late 2021. Clearly, its professional and creative applications will be even more significant moving forward.
Similarly, new jobs will be birthed while present ones will find a way to fit into the metaverse. Ultimately, the metaverse is going to be an exciting future. It’ll have its mistakes and weirdness, but it’ll be revolutionary, creating endless opportunities for everyone around the world to find a source of income and improve their lives.