Recent data gathered by global job platform Indeed indicated that there has been a significant upsurge of 179 percent in the number of searches by for AI-related jobs in India between June 2016 and June 2018. In the past year, data scientist profile was found to be the most popular AI job searched by Indian jobseekers, followed by software engineer and machine learning engineer in the second and third place, respectively.
As companies are increasingly working towards integrating new technology into their core functions, this creates new openings for skilled professionals and thus triggers the growing demands for AI-related job roles.
Commenting on the finding, Venkata Machavarapu, Head of Engineering, India and Site Director at Indeed India said, “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,” Machavarapu added.
Indeed report noted that employer demand for AI skills outstrips job seeker supply by 2.2 times, which suggested the need for skill development in the larger science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sector and the technology sector in particular. Apart from the wider technology industry, the automotive sector is a key driver of the application of AI in India. Companies are increasingly planning to leverage the use of AI for data management, analytics and programming.
Quoting a BCG study, the report said India is the third country after USA and China in terms of AI implementation in the automotive sector and this is indicative of the scope of work that is yet to be tapped in the sector going forward, Money Control reports.