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Artificial Intelligence courses a bigger draw for experienced techies

LinkedIn said last year that seven out of 10 emerging jobs in India are tech-focused roles hinged on AI/ML, with ML engineer being the top job in the list.

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Jun 21, 2019, 10.59 AM IST
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Nasscom says emerging job roles in AI include that of data architect, applied scientist, ML speech vision, analyst BI, and DevOps Engineer.
The first Times Techies report that was carried on Tuesday spoke about artificial intelligence (AI) being one of the biggest opportunities today. India will need a lot more talent in the space. "Only 1-2% of India's workforce in the tech and financial sectors have AI/ ML (machine learning) and data science knowledge," says Santanu Paul, CEO of Hyderabad-based edtech player TalentSprint, which launched an executive programme in AI/ML in association with IIIT-H last year.

LinkedIn said last year that seven out of 10 emerging jobs in India are tech-focused roles hinged on AI/ML, with ML engineer being the top job in the list.

Nasscom says emerging job roles in AI include that of data architect, applied scientist, ML speech vision, analyst BI, and DevOps Engineer. Ajay Shah, head of recruitment services at HR solutions provider Teamlease, says the average hike being commanded by AI professionals while switching jobs would be 40-50%, compared to 20-30% for other skills.

Paul said he is seeing more techies with 7-15 years of work experience going for the programme.

"When we started, we thought the course would get working professionals with 5-7 years of experience, as they are early in their career. But surprisingly, the average is much higher. Sometimes we think that people who will want something are the people who have the most to gain, but actually people who want something are the ones who have the most to lose. These people have resources, but also have mortgages, children in schools/colleges and cannot afford to lose the lifestyle they have built over the years," he says.

Hari Krishnan Nair, co founder of training provider Great Learning, agrees. He says the rising interest from senior professionals looking to understand more about AI and its applications across industries has persuaded them to work on crafting a programme specifically for them. He says a lot of professionals are enrolling for such programmes because there are significant projects happening in their organisations around AI and they want to be a part of them.

Another trend, Nair says, is the increase in enquiries for programmes in AI from school and college students. "While their numbers aren't significant, they are clearly aware of AI playing a big role in their careers and want to be prepared," he says.

V Rajanna, global head of the technology business unit in TCS, says technological advancements have historically reshaped skill requirements, but the pace at which today's next-generation technologies are developing and disrupting the global talent market is unprecedented.

"Continuous competency enhancement at scale and speed is more paramount than ever before and has become a key success factor in this digital age," he says.
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