Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is attracting a lot of buzz at the moment. And why not? It seems like every day there’s a new headline about how an A.I. tool will change how we work, build, play—or potentially destroy the world.
Despite the buzz, though, the number of actual job postings related to A.I. is still relatively small, especially in comparison to well-established tech skills such as programming. As part of its monthly jobs report, CompTIA has a breakdown of the states with the most A.I.-related job postings—and the actual number is small even in gargantuan tech hubs:
While the number of A.I.-related jobs are small, they’re absolutely critical to organizations that see “smart” apps and services as a vital part of their long-term roadmap. That’s one big reason why jobs that utilize A.I. skills pay so much. O’Reilly estimates the average salary of data and A.I. professionals at $146,000 per year (that’s from 2,778 respondents in the U.S. and 284 in the U.K.); salaries increased an average of 2.25 percent annually. Average compensation was highest in California ($176,000), home to big tech companies that are vacuuming up the best of the best A.I. talent out there.
Moreover, the number of A.I.-related jobs will only rise. According to Burning Glass, for example, jobs that heavily involve machine learning (a critical subset of A.I.) are predicted to grow 76.3 percent over the next 10 years. A recent study of A.I. use-cases showed many companies using artificial intelligence and machine learning in sales, CRM, chatbots, cybersecurity, and marketing automation—all of which touch on millions of technologists’ jobs.
In other words, keep an eye on how the artificial intelligence market evolves over the next few years. The technology could end up impacting your current job much sooner than you think.