Artificial Intelligence Jobs Are Increasedly Becoming Popular In India
There is, however, a skill gap in the AI jobs. There are almost twice the number of job postings compared to job seekers
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Artificial Intelligence related jobs have seen an increase as companies are increasingly working towards integrating new technology into their core functions, creating new openings for skilled professionals.
According to data from Indeed, there has been an increase of 179 percent in the number of searches by job seekers for Artificial Intelligence (AI) related jobs in India between June 2016 and June 2018.
The rise of artificial intelligence in India
According to industry body NASSCOM, a growth rate of 9 percent for new job roles that require a high level of skills has been predicted in the technology sector. Job searches for these roles too have continued to grow in recent years.
Employer demand for AI skills has been consistently twice the supply of job seekers in 2018. From 1.2 in April 2017, the AI skills gap in India has steadily worsened, hitting a 3-year high of 2.2 in June 2018. That is the employer demand for AI skills outweighs job seeker supply by 2.2 times. This is an indicator of the need for skill development in the larger STEM sector and the technology sector in particular.
Most searched AI related jobs in the past year (2017-2018)
Companies continue to seek talent with specialised skills in developing and implementing artificial intelligence, given that India is still in the initial stages of the application of this technology, which emphasises the need for job seekers to work towards acquiring the requisite skills.
Sectors leading the AI trend
The automotive sector is a key driver of the application of artificial intelligence in India. Companies are increasingly looking at leveraging AI for data management, analytics and programming. According to a BCG study, India is the third country after USA and China in terms of AI implementation in the automotive sector. This is indicative of the scope of work that is yet to be tapped in the sector going forward.
Venkata Machavarapu, Head of Engineering, India and Site Director at Indeed India, said, “The integration of technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning into core business is an inevitable step towards participating in the economies of the future. While firms across industries are adopting a technology-forward approach, it is crucial that we also prepare the workforce by reskilling and upskilling talent in the requisite capabilities. Our focus needs to be not only on finding talent with the right skills, but also on equipping existing employees with the required skills to work with AI-powered solutions.”