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Why You Should Consider AI as a Career Option

If you’re wondering about what kind of job you’d like to get into, or are thinking about next steps in your existing career, why not consider the AI sector?   

There is a diversity of worthwhile job opportunities in AI – ranging from improving travel, enabling families to better care for elderly relatives, to faster diagnosis of diseases.    

The UK is leading the charge, with a new AI start-up founded almost weekly in the country, as 58 million jobs are expected to be created worldwide, in the next five years. There is great investment in AI going on and it’s the perfect time to start thinking of it as an option when thinking about your career. 

The government launched the £1bn sector deal in April 2018 to boost the UK’s position as a leader in developing AI technology. The anniversary provides an opportunity to celebrate this growing sector and an even more exciting time to get involved.

Is There A Future In AI?

  • 58 million jobs in AI are expected to be created worldwide, in the next five years. (World Economic Forum report, September 2018).
  • There are more than 2 million jobs in the UK’s digital tech economy. Workers in the digital tech sector are more productive than those in other sectors – by an average of £10,000 a year (Tech Nation Report 2018)
  • The sector is expected to add £232bn to the UK economy by 2030

How Do You Get Into AI?

There are exciting opportunities if you’re thinking about higher education, reskilling or specialising.  Government has introduced a new industry funded AI Masters programme, beginning with at least 200 new AI Masters students in September 2019. 

As part of the Industrial Strategy, Government is committed to putting the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution. A Masters degree is a relatively quick way to upskill existing employees, returners to work, or individuals interested in converting from other disciplines.  It is expected that this programme will expand to include more students year-on-year.    

The government has also established a new prestigious Fellowship scheme, run in conjunction with the Alan Turing Institute, in order to attract and retain the top AI talent in the UK, for which the Department of Business received £50m at budget.   

The government are also supporting work towards an additional 200 doctoral studentships in AI and related disciplines a year by 2020 to 2021. By 2025, we will have at least 1,000 Government supported PhD places at any one time

What Do People Think About AI

New research, conducted by an independent polling company Kantar Public on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has revealed 60% of people were excited to see what AI can do.   

Many people are unaware of the opportunities AI can bring to their lives and career prospects, and even the ways it affects their lives presently. 

Only 10% of people correctly thought that AI is estimated to create 58 million new jobs worldwide by 2030, whereas 30% underestimated the figure and 50% didn’t know. 

Only 39% were keen to capitalise on this opportunity by taking up a career using AI.  

Only 6% of people admitted they didn’t recognise any of the ways in which AI could benefit people.  This equates to around 1 in 20 people. 

Millennials (64%) are more likely to want a career in AI than Generation Z (57%). Also 65% of millennials would like to see more investment.   

Just over two-thirds (72%) of 16-24 year olds would like a career in AI.

Dame Wendy Hall, the Government’s AI Skills Champion, said: 

“We in the UK are a world leader in AI, with a start-up founded weekly, an estimated worth of £232 billion to our economy by 2030 and investment growing nearly six-fold in the last four years. 

“I am really pleased to see the high awareness levels and ‘buzz’ around AI in this poll, a year on since the government’s AI Sector Deal gave a kickstart to funding for AI innovations. 

“Now, with a sector that’s likely to pervade every industry in the future, we need to continue to educate that AI really is a sector for all – regardless of your background skills, age or gender – to harness the opportunities. Diversity is so important in AI as it prevents the inherent bias of programmers distorting algorithms, creating a fairer and high-quality output.” 

The AI industry is rapidly growing and with further investment from the government, it’s exciting to see what’s to come of AI. It’s a really exciting time to being your career path in AI. With so many opportunities, you can rest assure knowing there is a future for you in AI. 



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