REPORT: Which Hiring Trends Are Steering the Future of Self-Driving Vehicles?

Things around us are changing. More than that, they are transforming. Take the refrigerator, for example. What used to simply be a cold box to store food in now has “smart” capabilities like voice recognition so you can add items to your grocery list. We ask other devices in our homes to tell us the weather without getting off the couch, we video chat with our friends halfway across the world and we can purchase almost anything we’d like online to be delivered within days or even hours to our homes. And with all these changes, cars are no exception.

It wasn’t that long ago when cars were practically the size of houses and had no seatbelts. Since then they have become smaller, sleeker and safer, and they continue to evolve. As technology in our lives has advanced, so have automotive technologies. But forget about the thrill of having a bluetooth audio system  — we are now living in an age when cars can drive themselves.

Until recently, the idea of cars that could do things on their own belonged to the realm of science fiction. But this is now reality — for instance, Tesla’s autopilot-enabled cars have driven almost 1.5 billion miles at the time of writing. However, it’s unclear how widespread this technology will become. According to one study from MIT, 48% of consumers would not buy a fully automatic car.

Even so, job seekers are paying attention to this trend. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 668% increase in searches for the terms “autonomous car,” “autonomous vehicle,” “self-driving car” and “self-driving vehicle” on Indeed. And as this sector continues to grow, so will the need for people who are able to work in it. So who is hiring for these futuristic jobs?

Top companies hiring for autonomous vehicle jobs

To find out who is hiring the most for these jobs, Indeed’s analytics team searched for the companies with the most job descriptions related to autonomous vehicles.

Coming in at number one is Aptiv, formerly a part of Delphi Automotive — the now defunct former mega-supplier for General Motors. Aptiv is focused on self-driving and connected vehicles and operates out of the Detroit metro area. The company plans to add 5,000 to 6,000 employees and has technology offices in Boston, Pittsburgh and Mountain View, California.

Number two on our list is NVIDIA, a Santa Clara, California-based company that makes chip units. NVIDIA makes the computers that power self-driving capabilities in every Tesla vehicle, and they have partnered with Audi as well on autonomous-driving capabilities. The company’s stocks are quite expensive (almost $300), and it was one of the best-performing stocks of 2017, likely because of the growth in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.

At number three and number four  are major US auto manufacturers General Motors (GM) and Ford. Two of the “big three” auto manufacturers based in Detroit (Fiat Chrysler didn’t make our list), GM and Ford have been making cars since around the beginning of the 20th century and helped Detroit earn the nickname “Motor City.” Both companies have…

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