1. 3D design

Thanks to its growth, 3D printing will create jobs for 3D designers at 3D printing firms, in companies as part of creative teams, and as freelancers.

2. 3D computer-aided design (CAD) modeling

3D printing would not be possible without CAD experts, who have the skills and expertise to convert product designs into digital blueprints that 3D printers need. Along with product designers, there will be a demand for 3D CAD modelers.

3. Research and development (R&D)

Wearable tech is all the buzz — and not just in the gadget world. From 3D-printed shoes to 3D-printed clothes and accessories, 3D printing is the fashion of the future.

4. Biological and scientific modeling

3D printing is not limited to consumer products. From prosthetics to human tissue, 3D printing promotes medical advancement and saves lives. It can also create drones, defense equipment and maybe even space food.

5. Architecture/construction modeling

For the construction industry, this paradigm shift will boost the need for 3D modelers that may replace current 2D construction planning solutions.

6. Education

This will open up jobs for educators who can teach the technical and business aspects of 3D printing.

7. Lawyers and legal professionals

As a creative field, the 3D printing industry is wide open to legal issues, prompting a need for more lawyers and legal professionals who specialize in intellectual property (IP) rights.

8. Business opportunities

Thinking of starting a business? 3D printing offers opportunities for innovation — not only in creating products, but also for entrepreneurship.

9. 3D-Printing-as-a-Service franchises

3D printing may be the next hot franchise.

10. Operations and administrative positions

As the 3D printing industry grows, new and established 3D printing companies will need people to keep the business running smoothly and on the right trajectory. This includes operations and administrative staff, analysts, finance and sales professionals, and retail employees, among others.