Technical AI talent has grown to 477,000 globally with emerging hot spots taking larger share, study shows - The EE

Technical AI talent has grown to 477,000 globally with emerging hot spots taking larger share, study shows

Jean-Francois Gagne of Element AI

Jean-Francois (JF) Gagne, CEO and founder of Element AI, a global developer of artificial intelligence-powered (AI) solutions and software, today announced the release of the third annual Global AI Talent Report. The 2020 report examines the most current global patterns for the worldwide AI talent pool. 

The 2020 Global AI Talent Report finds:

  • Top AI talent remains global and highly mobile
  • The gender imbalance between males and females in AI research has not changed, and
  • Few of those employed in the AI sector are conducting fundamental research.

This year, research methods have been expanded to take a broader look at the primary technical roles attracting more people to the AI industry and had many findings. The supply of technical AI talent has grown significantly all over the world to try and meet demand during the last several years.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a dent in demand in most major markets, it may have a surprising result in more talent going to emerging AI hotspots. The report shows that already there is notable development of more AI-related talent in countries like Brazil and India, as AI tooling becomes democratised and the training needed is more accessible via online courses. 

“Our third annual Global AI Talent Report was expanded to cover the important roles that are critical to productising AI, taking it from proof-of-concept in the lab, to working at scale in real time,” says Jean-Francois (JF) Gagne, CEO and founder of Element AI. “While the global AI industry saw a temporary decrease in demand for jobs due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the industry will turn to meet the needs of a more digitised economy. As the industry grows and matures, we will see tools and processes standardised for productising AI, which will help roles specialise. We should also expect to see a boom of less technical — yet AI-literate — jobs emerge,” adds Gagne.

The complete 2020 Global AI Talent Report with detailed citations, methodologies, and graphical diagrams is available now on the JF Gagne website here.

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