Why study Graphics, Vision and VR?


I am a CMPT 101 student at the U of A. I am working on a presentation project for this course. My topic is "If I was a Computer Scientist, I'd work in Graphics and Virtual Reality." I was wondering if you might have time to answer a couple questions to further my understanding of this topic?

If you could answer some of these questions I'd really appreciate it, thanks.


Here are my questions:
  • What exactly do you do in this field?
  • What attracted you to this line of work?
  • What do you enjoy about it?
  • What sort of background or qualifications are required?
  • Are there any commercial benefits or purely academic challenges with this job?