It is no surprise that the Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry is in rapid degrees of development. The pandemic has pushed progression in technology incredibly quickly, and the workforce has yet to catch up. With a predicted value of over 990 billion by 2028 (src: grand view research) and plenty of positions available right now, the question is not “When do I start?” but, “How do I land THE job?”.
With advanced technologies witnessing immense growth, employers everywhere require AI professionals to fulfil the company's technological demands. A simple search on Indeed.com shows about 10,000 AI positions in the city of Montreal ALONE.
Abundant AI job opportunities are present in a wide variety of fields, with promising AI career opportunities like AI specialist, Machine Learning Engineer, Research Scientist and AI Data Analyst, and the list goes on.
"But how do I get a jump-start?", Well, let’s go through some important steps towards securing a job in AI.
Employers value experience. But "how to get experience without having an opportunity to gather the experience?"
Two words: Personal Projects!
Personal projects will not only show recruiters that you have the skills necessary to succeed in a role, but that you understand the field and are able to work independently.
Other ways to gather experience are:
Having a talent for coding is one of, if not THE most important skills to get started in AI. So, stay consistent with your coding, especially, programming languages like R, Python, Java, and C++. Now, programming languages are a big one, but statistics and math are up there too.
Technical skills are undeniably important, but, non-technical skills are ALSO, undeniably important. How else would you be able to communicate critical updates to non-teach stakeholders? The answer is communication skills and critical thinking!
Now you just need to apply! Even if you are missing some requirements, never be afraid to apply. Remember, you miss 100% of the chances you don't take!
AI is making giant strides; it is the perfect time for professionals who want to jump into the field of AI and make a career out of it!