Companies are increasingly working to deliver software that enables people to view a landscape, a street or a mall, for example, through the lens of a smartphone or tablet and get information about the things they see in front of them. A view of the landscape might, for example, display the heights of mountains and the number of vacancies at nearby lodges, while scenes of a city street or a mall would show which restaurants have lunch specials or which stores have the best prices on particular products.
Skills required: Required technical skills include programming experience in HTML5 and the iOS and Android platforms, as well as graphics expertise -- specifically 3D modeling skills that include texturing, shading and rendering.
Beyond that, Burrus says, augmented reality specialists also need a particular mindset to be successful. "It will require an open, flexible mind," he says, explaining that these people need to be able to visualize how to combine technologies in new ways to produce new results.
More Tech Titles of the Future
It's no surprise that new tech job titles tend to emerge during times of great change in the industry. "When you look at what's emerging today, usually the new jobs are tied to the new technologies," says Sandra A. Slaughter, a professor of information technology management at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Management.
Slaughter and other industry watchers listed these as some of the jobs out on the high-tech horizon:
Chief agile officer: As more organizations move from the linear and sequential waterfall model of development to agile development, with its iterative approach, they're looking for leaders to help with the transformation. Branndon Kelley, CIO at American Municipal Power, says he has seen these people hold titles such as chief transformation officer or agile coach. He says they're typically charged with building the methodologies that will lead an organization through a changing environment.
Flexible resource manager: Because IT is in a state of constant evolution, some departments are starting to hire people who can foresee what skills will be needed and how long they'll be needed, says TEKsystems' Russell. These managers are also responsible for bringing people with new talents into the organization and integrating them with existing staff to assemble high-performance teams.