3D printing and 3D authoring technology, and the personnel who use them, are in ever-increasing demand. Freelance.com, a website for freelance professionals of all types, reported in its Q2 2013 report that 3D printing and design jobs showed some of the fastest growth. It’s a trend that Freelance.com’s CEO Matt Barrie expects to continue, saying that “2013 will be viewed as a year of unprecedented disruption” as companies, especially those in the manufacturing industries, try to incorporate 3D printing into their workflows. 3D rendering, 3D modeling and 3D animation jobs all increased significantly, boosting online jobs by 17.3%, 12.5% and 11.7% respectively. Moreover, those trends are expected to continue considering that 3D modeling and 3D printing are increasingly being used in a variety of other industries, like consumer product design, healthcare and engineering/architecture.

Numbers like these point to a dire need for greater STEM education programs in classrooms from kindergarten to high school, especially STEM classes that include 3D like what Jeffries Epps is doing in Richmond County, NC. Many of the engineering and technology jobs of the future will use rely on 3D skills, and it’s up to us to start preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s careers.

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