Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Alexei Oreskovic and Bill Rigby, REUTERS

(Reuters)—Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc (FB.O) that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company’s website.

The Internet social networking company aims to add nearly 1,200 new employees, the outgrowth of aggressive investments that executives have said will define the coming year.

Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal last year, is among the key areas slated for growth, with 54 jobs listed on its website, according to a review by Reuters of listings.

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