Top Career Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence in 2019
Due to the specialised nature of AI-related job roles, there is a shortage of qualified AI experts.
We are living in a world where some of the first words that our children learn to speak are ‘Alexa’ and ‘Ok Google’. Thanks to technology, the world around us has transformed by leaps and bounds.
The 4th industrial revolution which is currently being led by cutting-edge technologies like AI, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, AR and VR, and so on, is making our machines smarter and more efficient. We now have smartphones, smart TVs, smart cars, and even smart homes.
In addition, we are on the cusp of realizing our vision of building smart cities. In short, there could not be a better time for those searching for lucrative career options and I believe AI poses great opportunities for the same.
The demand for excellent IT professionals has also risen globally. However, due to the specialised nature of AI-related job roles, there is a shortage of qualified AI experts.
This gap between supply and demand has caused the remuneration of AI professionals to shoot up. In the face of such immense scope, all you need to do is acquire relevant AI-based skill sets to become eligible for high-paying, in-demand job roles across sectors such as finance, healthcare, IT, e-commerce, software engineering, and so on.
Most Popular Job Roles in AI
As more industries are integrating flexible automation into their operational infrastructure, they are looking to hire trained professionals to develop and work with these advanced technologies. AI engineers are, therefore, one of the most sought after professionals that companies are competing to employ.
Other lucrative job roles that you can opt for in the AI sector include: software engineer, connected mobility expert, business intelligence developer, programmer, R&D professional, and so on.
What Skills Do You Require to Become an AI Expert?
Basic knowledge of Computer Science and expertise in coding languages like C++, Java, and Python, are the most basic educational requirements to become an AI professional.
You must also be well-versed in a few relevant concepts in Mathematics and Physics such as algebra, logic & algorithms, calculus, statistics, etc.
Other specialised fields that can add to the profile of an aspiring AI professionals include Cognitive Science theory, Bayesian Networking, Robotics, Neural Networks, and Data Analytics, among others.
Multiple online up-skilling and reskilling platforms have emerged in the past few years to enable aspiring AI professionals to acquire job-ready technical skills. Anybody, from a college graduate to a working professional, can avail these online learning resources to become qualified for AI-related jobs globally.
How to Search for Appropriate Job Opportunities?
After acquiring the necessary skill sets, the next step consists of searching for job opportunities that are most suitable for you. While some online learning platforms help learners find relevant jobs, there is no dearth of opportunities when it comes to the field of AI. In fact, as I stated earlier, there is a clear shortage of skilled talent.
Scope and Future Prospects
Although AI is finding widespread application in various business operations today, we must remember that it is still a nascent technology. So, even as companies are employing AI experts in their workforce, huge investments are being made into the research and development of AI and affiliated technologies. Given the limitless scope of its development, the AI sector has emerged as one of the most lucrative career options available to qualified individuals in present times.
(Ishan Gupta is MD, Udacity-India, and a pioneer in the ed-tech industry in India. This is a Readers’ Blog and the views expressed are the author’s own. The Quint neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)
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