Never before had anyone heard of a telegraph operator. electrician. Auto mechanic. TV producer. X-ray technician. Software developer. webmaster. Cyber security specialist.
Advances in technology have always created new kinds of jobs and made others obsolete. Artificial intelligence is no exception. At this point, I’m not entirely sure what those jobs will be like. But that didn’t stop job seekers from trying to find out.
the prophet says artificial intelligence It is likely to have a similar impact on the labor market, with workers wanting to work downstairs. But even employers clearly don’t understand what those jobs are. At least not yet.
To be clear, automation, and to some extent AI, has been part of the labor market for quite some time. How many of us haven’t had maddening interactions with chatbots? But interest in AI-related jobs has skyrocketed over the past two years. According to the company, the number of searches for AI-related jobs on the job information site Indeed has increased by 8,200% since March 2021. However, he only saw a 29.8% increase in AI-related job openings by employers.
“I think this work captures such a moment that we face at a time when there are so many new possibilities opening up and so much uncertainty about where they will go,” said Indeed. said Trey Cozy, AI Ethics Officer at . But he added that he “can’t deny that there is an interest.”
Workers want to ride the next wave of jobs
Indeed isn’t the only place where AI-focused searches are on the rise. Daniel Zhao, chief economist at job search site Glassdoor, also said the upward trend was largely due to the novelty of AI and the possibilities it could bring to workers.
“AI is about to have a significant impact on the job market, but AI does not require a PhD. Yes,” says Zhao. “So there is definitely an opportunity for anyone who is interested in this area and has a passion for technology.”
Recent studies show that most jobs are likely to be impacted by AI technology, so it’s no wonder employees are starting to experiment with AI water. And that’s what most workers expect. About two-thirds of all jobs are likely to be affected by AI in some way, according to a March 26 report by investment bank Goldman Sachs. And in a Pew Research Center report on April 20, more than half of Americans surveyed said they would classify the impact of AI on both the workplace and the economy over 20 years as “significant.” .
A March 22 report from IT consulting firm Accenture also claimed a “significant” impact on jobs. Generative AI says: Language learning models like ChatGPT — will “fundamentally transform everything from science to business to healthcare to society itself.” It also argues that AI has the potential to reinvent every role in every company as “humans working with AI co-pilots become the norm.”
Perhaps certain jobs will be completely replaced by AI, but that depends a lot on what functions are replaced. Goldman Sachs has found that jobs where 50% of his work can be automated are likely to be replaced by AI. For example, jobs that require physical labor or caregiving are less likely to be replaced, while jobs that require coding or numerical processing are less likely to require human operators.
But don’t be afraid of a robot takeover just yet. A Goldman Sachs March report also argued that AI-induced migration is likely to be offset by the creation of new jobs, which typically occurs in the labor market during periods of technological innovation.
Employers are considering adopting and adapting to AI
Employers want to bring AI into the workplace, even if they’re not sure how. The Future of Jobs Report 2023, released by the World Economic Forum on April 30, found that 75% of the companies surveyed expected to introduce AI. And when financial news firm Bloomberg compiled the first-quarter results of the S&P 500 companies, it found 1,072 mentions of artificial intelligence.
apparently so employers understand that already. Some job postings specifically have AI in the title, or at least AI in the job description. At the time of this writing, Indeed.com had approximately 25,000 jobs searching for “artificial intelligence.” Glassdoor had over 14,000 of him.
Most employees are looking broadly for specific AI engineering skills and AI model-specific skills, Cozy said. But when it comes to what employers include in their job postings, Cozy says he can largely fall into three categories.
Bring AI models into the workplace. “Despite the fact that these models are very capable and automate a lot of things, we need to figure out how to incorporate these models into our products and businesses.”
Development of AI models. “Large technology companies such as Medline, Google and Microsoft are not only looking to implement these models, but are also conducting additional research to develop new models and improve these models.”
Use AI models for marketing and content creation. “There is a really special interest when it comes to marketing. We are seeing companies interested in using these models to enhance their copywriting and marketing efforts.”
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