Virtual reality school prepares for expected new jobs

Virtual reality technology is expected to really take off in 2016, with new consumer head-sets and technology which will make the experience more affordable. A VR school in Seattle is expecting a lot of new jobs in this emerging industry.

2016 is expected to be a big year for virtual reality technology, with new games, movies, software, and consumer VR headsets hitting the market.

A school in Seattle is preparing students for new jobs in this emerging industry.

"There will be more people interested and this is complex technology," said Ricardo Parker, who founded Chronos VR Development School in downtown Seattle. He believes the school is the only one of its kind in Seattle.

Classes, which cost between $600 and $1,200, show students how to design and build the VR experiences which companies are increasingly trying to create.

Simon Manning just completed a course and is now using the skills at an architecture firm.

"We visualized a hospital clinic in VR in a space that was large enough that they could walk through and sit down at their desk," he said.

That alone saved the company thousands of dollars since they didn't have to build a physical mockup, Manning said.

Real estate companies are using VR, the entertainment industry is catching on, and some day schools might have VR classrooms.

"You could be doing a cooking class and somebody far away can participate and interact with the chef," said Parker, who hopes to grow his school as the industry expands.


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