The emerging jobs being created in artificial intelligence in Australia

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The number of jobs in the merging industry around artificial intelligence (AI), including work on self-driving cars and smart digital assistants, is growing in Australia but so is interest from job seekers.

Analysis by global job site Indeed shows rapid growth in the number of AI-related jobs over the past 18 months with that growth matched by increasing job seeker interest.

Indeed says the number of AI-related job posts has doubled since 2015 and, at the same time, search activity by job seekers has tripled.

“It is true that new technologies and innovation will destroy some jobs and we have seen this for example in automated areas of manufacturing,” says Callam Pickering, Indeed’s APAC Economist.

“But at the same time, new AI technologies will increasingly require highly-skilled workers who can develop and maintain complex systems and applications.”

Indeed’s analysis focused on job titles referring to “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning”. The top job titles are typically those for data scientists.

“These skills are pivotal to creating the algorithms that ‘teach’ machines how to use and interpret data and as consumers we deal each day from the result of this work via the online applications that we use,” says Pickering.

Indeed found that demand for AI skills in Australia, as measured in job posts, was tracking about a year behind the US and UK.

Previous research also shows that of seven countries, including the US and UK, Australian business were the least likely to embrace AI technologies.

Indeed found that around 25% of job searches for AI-related positions in Australia are coming from overseas.

“The changing nature of technology and the emergence of new opportunities will place increasing pressure on the local talent pool, with employers looking to overseas job seekers to expand that pool,” says Pickering.

Advances in data analytics and artificial intelligence are driving the formation of new education methods, skills and capabilities.

Here are some of the new jobs likely in 2030, according to research by the Commonwealth Bank’s Jobs and Skills of the Future Report.

  • Bionic interface designers will help humans control robots and technology for physical tasks;
  • Emotional experience experts will work closely with technologies to design customer service experiences that are emotionally engaging;
  • Sense-makers will assist executives, customers and individuals to make decisions;
  • Health and fitness optimisers will focus on making everyone healthier including tracking health and predicting when advanced care will be needed, helping busy people keep fit at the office and motivating them to stick to personal health goals;
  • Data insights miners will uncover insights to help individuals and managers, presenting their findings so they can be readily understood and acted upon.

“As a result of our desire to become more digitally connected, we will continue to experience social shifts, generating a multitude of opportunities for those who are keen to create value from these new connections,” says Ross Dawson, futurist and author.

The report identifies a number of capabilities and skills Australians will need in the future including design thinking, analysis, financial acumen and relationship building.

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