The research into emerging skills around the world shed light on a few growing trends:
AI skills are among the fastest-growing skills on LinkedIn, and saw a 190% increase from 2015 to 2017.
Industries with more AI skills present among their workforce are also the fastest-changing industries.
The countries with the highest penetration of AI skills are the United States, China, India, Israel, and Germany.
The findings suggest that while changes driven by AI technologies may still be in their infancy, we are already seeing their impact across the global labor market.
Building momentum across industries
In 2017, the number of LinkedIn members adding AI skills to their profiles increased 190% from 2015. When we talk about AI skills, we're referring to the skills needed to create artificial intelligence technologies, which include expertise in areas like neural networks, deep learning, and machine learning, as well as actual tools such as Weka and Scikit-Learn. LinkedIn data shows that all types of technical AI skills are growing at a rapid pace around the world.
As it turns out, the industries with the most AI skills present in their workforce are also the industries that are changing the fastest. If we consider a change to be a proxy for innovation, then this indicates that the presence of AI skills correlates strongly with innovation within an industry. It also means there's an opportunity for many industries to invest more heavily in their AI capabilities.
On Further zooming in from the industry level to the skill level, it was found that many of the changes were due to a rise in (1) data and programming skills that are complementary to AI, (2) skills to use products or services that are powered by data, such as search engine optimization for marketers, and (3) interpersonal skills. ItÃ¢??s a compelling illustration of how technology affects an industry. Directly getting incorporated into products is part of the impact, but the bigger impact is through complementary products and services.
Still Niche...or Universal?
Researchers predict that AI will have applications across nearly every sector from construction to financial services and beyond. To understand the extent to which AI skills have spread beyond the software industry, let us have a look at the year-over-year growth of these skills across industries. While the software industry does continue to stand out as the top field for professionals with AI skills, growth is also strong in sectors like education and academia, hardware and networking, finance, and manufacturing.
When it comes to volumes, in particular, the education sector stands out as the industry where the second-highest numbers of core AI skills were added by members in 2017 suggesting that the growth of AI is correlated with more research in the field.
AI Global Spread
Artificial intelligence technologies are more ubiquitous than many people realize and that's true on a global level. The United States, China, India, Israel, and Germany rank as the countries with the highest penetration of AI skills among their workforce.