AI Specialist Is 2020's Top Emerging Job: LinkedIn
Sat, January 28, 2023

AI Specialist Is 2020's Top Emerging Job: LinkedIn

LinkedIn's US Emerging Jobs Report showed that AI specialist is number one among all jobs that have emerged over the last five years / Credits: Gorodenkoff via Shutterstock


As artificial intelligence entered the workforce, companies have been forced to create or expand jobs related to AI. AI will require the entire workforce to learn new skills or pursue a new career as a result of automation. The third annual LinkedIn US Emerging Jobs Report identified the top 15 jobs that have emerged over the last five years, as well as the skills associated with them, and the cities and industries where these jobs are located. 

According to Forbes, a global media company focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle, more than 50% of the list was made up of roles related to engineering or development. For the first time, robotics, an emerging sector of the $1.2 trillion AI industry, made its appearance in the report. Among all the top 15 jobs, AI specialist was identified as number one. The report showed that the hiring growth for this role has increased by 74% annually in the past four years.

Being an AI specialist encompasses a few different titles. All of these have a very specific set of skills despite being spread across industries, including AI and machine learning engineers. Aside from AI specialists, here are some jobs that emerged due to the rise of AI and automation:

1 - Data Scientist

The report showed that data science is booming and starting to replace legacy engineering roles across US organizations. Thus, it’s not surprising to see a rise in data scientists nowadays. According to the report, there will be a 37% annual increase in demand for the job and related technical positions today. Its growth can be attributed to the evolution of previously existing jobs and increased emphasis on data in academic research.

2 - Data Engineer

More and more companies employ data engineers that can build infrastructure to keep it organized as data quickly become every company’s most valuable resource. Since 2015, the hiring growth rate of professionals in this emerging job has increased by nearly 35%. According to the report, one of the top skills held by Data Engineers is Amazon Web Services.