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While we don’t yet have the personal androids promised to us in sci-fi movies, artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly a part of our everyday lives, with Forbes declaring 2019 “the year AI will move into the mainstream.” Thanks to AI, you can use your smartphone to deposit checks. AI quarantines your incoming junk email in a spam folder. Ridesharing apps such as Uber use AI for departure and arrival times. And AI makes recommendations on Amazon and Netflix based on your usage and preferences. Done a web search today? You likely interacted with AI.
With AI becoming more deeply integrated into our professional and personal lives, the Indeed analytics team crunched platform data to learn more about AI jobs in 2019. What are the top positions? Which offer the highest salaries? Where are the best opportunities? Some of our findings may surprise you.
AI job-posting growth slows while interest in jobs dips
AI job postings on Indeed rose 29.1% over the last year. However, that increase is substantially less than it was for the previous two years. AI job postings on Indeed rose 57.9% from May 2017 to May 2018 and a whopping 136.3% between May 2016 and May 2017. (See our full 2018 research findings.)
Meanwhile, interest from job seekers is leveling off: From May 2018 to May 2019, searches for AI-related jobs on Indeed decreased by 14.5%. By comparison, searches increased 32% between May 2017 and May 2018 and 49.1% between May 2016 and May 2017. This year’s drop suggests there could be more open jobs than qualified workers to fill them. Much of tomorrow’s AI workforce may still be in school or awaiting training.
It’s worth mentioning that AI job searches don’t always keep pace with the number of postings. For example, consider data scientists, whose job is to take raw data and apply programming, visualizations and statistical modeling to extract actionable insights for organizations. Given that data is “the new oil,” data scientists are in high demand, and our research shows job postings jumped 31% from 2017 to 2018. During the same period, however, job searches only increased about 14%.
Machine learning and deep learning engineers rule the top 10 AI jobs list
To learn about the most sought-after AI jobs posted on Indeed between 2018 and 2019, our analytics team identified the 10 positions with the highest percentage of job descriptions that include the keywords “artificial intelligence” or “machine learning.”
We discovered that machine learning engineer job postings had the highest percentage of AI and machine learning keywords this year (as they did in 2018). Machine learning engineers develop devices and software that use predictive technology, such as Apple’s Siri or weather-forecasting apps. They ensure machine learning algorithms have the data that needs to be processed and analyze huge amounts of real-time data to make machine learning models more accurate.
While machine learning engineer jobs still have the largest number of postings containing the relevant keywords, in 2018, they composed a greater percentage of these…