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There’s no doubt about it: AI is reshaping nearly every industry. You’re probably even hearing conversations about the potential threats and opportunities that the AI boom is bringing.

Change is coming fast.

In fact, 38% of employees expect their jobs to be automated in some way in 2023 alone. [1] The good news. Experts project that AI will create 12 million more jobs than expected [2], with experts suggesting the AI market will reach $407 billion by 2027.[3

That means career opportunities abound because the demand for AI specialists has already increased and will continue to rise. 

Below is a rundown of 20 in-demand AI careers (across a variety of sectors) that didn’t exist 5 years ago, and the skills you’ll need to prepare for them.

1. AI Content Creator

Why there’s a demand: A surge in personalized content and consumer engagement strategies across platforms like Spotify requires more intelligent and appealing content.

Responsibilities: Creating captivating, AI-generated content.

Skills You Need: Creativity, working knowledge of AI technologies, and familiarity with content creation tools.

2. AI-enhanced Filmmaker

Why there’s a demand: Streaming services use AI-driven insights to optimize content and enhance viewer satisfaction and need more skilled professionals to do this at scale.

Responsibilities: Use AI tools to optimize film production and scripts.

Skills You Need: Film production knowledge, creativity, proficiency in AI-based filmmaking tools.

3. AI Career Counselor

Why there’s a demand: Colleges and universities are recognizing the need for personalized career guidance for their student bodies.

Responsibilities: Use AI-driven tools to guide students towards fitting career paths.

Skills You Need: Counseling skills, understanding of job markets, and knowledge of AI applications in career planning.

4. AI Ethicist

Why there’s a demand: The rising prominence of AI requires ethical guidelines and practices so that the technologies don’t impede on people’s rights and privileges.

Responsibilities: Establish and implement ethical guidelines for AI.

Skills You Need: Ethical reasoning, knowledge of AI technologies, and strong analytical skills.

5. Robotic Process Automation Developer

Why there’s a demand: Industries want to increase efficiency and reduce costs using automation technologies. 

Responsibilities: Build and maintain automated processes and systems. 

Skills You Need: Programming, automation tool mastery, and analytical thinking.

6. AI Research Scientist

Why there’s a demand: Continuous advancements in AI require focused research to explore new possibilities and opportunities. 

Responsibilities: Conduct research to innovate AI technologies. 

Skills You Need: Research acumen, deep understanding of AI and ML, and analytical thinking.

7. Machine Learning Engineer

Why there’s a demand: The application of machine learning across industries demands specialized engineers. 

Responsibilities: Design machine learning models and systems. 

Skills You Need: Programming, understanding of ML algorithms, and analytical skills.

8. AI Data Analyst

Why there’s a demand: Businesses are prioritizing data-driven decisions, fostering a demand for analysts skilled in AI. 

Responsibilities: Use AI to analyze data for insights and trends. 

Skills You Need: Data analysis skills, AI tool knowledge, and statistical acumen.

9. Natural Language Processing Engineer

Why there’s a demand: The surge in conversational AI development is fueling the demand for NLP experts. 

Responsibilities: Create models that help machines understand human language. 

Skills You Need: Proficiency in NLP techniques, programming, and analytical skills.

10. AI Product Manager

Why there’s a demand: Products with integrated AI require specialized management. 

Responsibilities: Guide the development of AI-integrated products. 

Skills You Need: Product management, understanding of AI, and business acumen.

11. Computer Vision Engineer

Why there’s a demand: Advanced image recognition and processing technologies are opening opportunities in sectors like healthcare. 

Responsibilities: Develop systems that allow machines to process visual information. 

Skills You Need: Mastery in computer vision techniques, programming, and analytical skills.

12. AI Software Developer

Why there’s a demand: The integration of AI in software demands developers skilled in AI. 

Responsibilities: Craft AI-enhanced software solutions. 

Skills You Need: Programming, AI and ML knowledge, and software development proficiency.

13. AI Sales Consultant

Why there’s a demand: The rising adoption of AI solutions in businesses requires expert consultants.

Responsibilities: Advise on and sell appropriate AI solutions to businesses and organizations. 

Skills You Need: Sales expertise, AI technology knowledge, and customer service.

14. AI Customer Service Representative

Why there’s a demand: Increasingly, the industry is turning to AI to enhance customer interactions. 

Responsibilities: Use AI tools to improve service delivery and assist customers. 

Skills You Need: Customer service, familiarity with AI tools, and communication skills.

15. AI Hardware Specialist

Why there’s a demand: Growing AI technologies demand specialized hardware. 

Responsibilities: Design hardware that supports AI applications. 

Skills You Need: Expertise in hardware design, understanding of AI technologies, and analytical skills.

16. AI-based Cybersecurity Analyst

Why there’s a demand: Advanced threats require sophisticated AI-based defense strategies.

Responsibilities: Secure networks and systems using AI tools.

Skills You Need: Cybersecurity knowledge, understanding of AI applications in security, and analytical thinking.

17. AI Music Composer

Why there’s a demand: The music industry is exploring AI to compose unique tunes and enhance music production.

Responsibilities: Create music using AI tools.

Skills You Need: Musical talent, understanding of AI applications in music, and creativity.

18. AI Agricultural Analyst

Why there’s a demand: The agriculture sector is embracing AI to optimize farming practices and enhance yields.

Responsibilities: Use AI to analyze agricultural data and improve farming.

Skills You Need: Understanding of agriculture, knowledge of AI tools, and analytical thinking.

19. AI Health Diagnostician

Why there’s a demand: Healthcare is turning to AI for early and accurate diagnosis of diseases.

Responsibilities: Use AI tools to analyze health data and diagnose conditions

Skills You Need: Medical knowledge, expertise in AI tools, and analytical skills.

20. AI Fitness Trainer

Why there’s a demand: The fitness industry is leveraging AI to provide personalized training and nutrition plans.

Responsibilities: Utilize AI to create personalized fitness plans.

Skills You Need: Fitness knowledge, understanding of AI applications in fitness, and interpersonal skills.

To step into these diverse and exciting AI career paths, explore PROPEL’s courses like “Discovering Your Professional Superpowers,” “How Does AI/ML Impact Culture?” and “Socially Just Coding,” - all designed to equip you with the foundational AI knowledge and tech skills to successfully navigate this ever-evolving landscape.