The ul­ti­mate SKILL SET for AI jobs

The Progress-Index Weekend - - JOBS - By Jef­fery Marino ZipRe­cruiter.com

Page one of a Google search for “ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence” is smat­tered with re­sults con­tain­ing words like “risk,” fear” and even “apoca­lypse.” Clearly peo­ple are afraid of AI. So far, how­ever, in­no­va­tion in AI is cre­at­ing jobs. Lots of them. ZipRe­cruiter data shows jobs in AI have in­creased nearly 400 per­cent since last year, and the roles aren’t ex­clu­sive to high-tech. Mi­crosoft CEO Satya Nadella in May re­ferred to AI as “the defin­ing tech­nol­ogy of our times.” Given the cur­rent growth rate of AI jobs, and its cen­tral role in what is now known as the fourth in­dus­trial revo­lu­tion, it’s time job seek­ers shed their fear of the un­known and hone the skills of the fu­ture.

1 Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills

If you’ve pe­rused any job de­scrip­tions lately, you’ve likely seen com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills listed as a core re­quire­ment. Be­ing able to ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cate your ideas is key to suc­cess in this field be­cause good AI re­quires cre­at­ing emo­tional in­tel­li­gence through tech­nol­ogy. If you’re not con­fi­dent in your com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, there are plenty of on­line cour­ses you can take to im­prove, such as at lynda.com. Just make sure the course is in in­ter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Oth­er­wise, you may end up study­ing pub­lic re­la­tions, which is a skill set unto it­self.

2 Python

Of all the pro­gram­ming lan­guages that ap­peared in our re­search, Python was the most preva­lent by far. Python is lauded for many rea­sons, chief among them its sim­plic­ity when com­pared to other lan­guages. It’s of par­tic­u­lar rel­e­vance for AI can­di­dates since many of the ma­jor AI frame­works were built us­ing Python. Plus, given the pop­u­lar­ity of the lan­guage, there are a host of free on­line re­sources to help you get started, in­clud­ing at edx.org/learn/python.

3 Dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing

The ul­ti­mate AI can­di­date will have some un­der­stand­ing of dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing goals and strate­gies. Mar­keters are im­ple­ment­ing AI in many ways to op­ti­mize user ex­pe­ri­ence, bet­ter pre­dict search pat­terns and ul­ti­mately im­prove con­ver­sions from con­tact to cus­tomer. If you’re work­ing in AI, you’ll need to know your em­ployer’s endgame in or­der to build the best tech­nol­ogy pos­si­ble.

4 Col­lab­o­ra­tion

Col­lab­o­rat­ing ef­fec­tively with oth­ers is a valu­able skill for can­di­dates in any in­dus­try, and it’s es­sen­tial for work­ing in AI. At its core, AI is mod­eled af­ter the neu­ral path­ways of the hu­man brain. In other words, work in this field is no easy task. You’ll need a team­mate (or 20) to ac­com­plish your goals. In fact, most days will start with a daily scrum — a quick meet­ing with your col­lab­o­ra­tors and prod­uct man­ager to get ev­ery­one on the same page.

5 An­a­lyt­i­cal skills

An­a­lyt­i­cal skills are re­quired for a lot of AI jobs, from real es­tate agent to data sci­en­tist. The ul­ti­mate goal of most AI in­no­va­tion is to cre­ate tech­nol­ogy that solves our hu­man prob­lems for us. The best AI will not just fol­low a set of pre­de­ter­mined rules, it will learn how to solve prob­lems cre­atively. Creative prob­lem­solv­ing is the next ma­jor step for AI, and that’s why this skill is in such high de­mand.

Method­ol­ogy

To de­ter­mine the top skills re­quired for jobs in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence we searched in May our data­base of over 8 mil­lion ac­tive jobs re­quir­ing skills in ei­ther ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence or ma­chine learn­ing. Af­ter deter­min­ing the top 10 ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence jobs avail­able, we an­a­lyzed the re­quired skills for each job ti­tle and ranked them by their preva­lence across the mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines.

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