The skills needed to land the hottest tech job of 2020 – Business Insider Nordic

Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest topics in corporate America. So it's no surprise that companies are rushing to find the talent to support the push to adopt the advanced tech.

Demand for AI specialists grew 74% in the last five years and is expected to be one of the most highly sought-after roles in 2020, according to a new study from LinkedIn. Among the necessary skills for the position are machine learning and natural language processing.

But it's not just AI experts that are in high-demand. Cloud engineers, developers, cybersecurity experts, and data scientists also made the list. Alongside the individuals needed to support the technology, companies are also seeking leaders, like a chief transformation officer and chief culture officer, to oversee the adoption. Even non-tech positions like managing the customer experience a key focus for many digital overhauls are hot positions for 2020.

Those projections indicate just how aggressively organizations are trying to adopt more sophisticated technology, but also the major problem they face in navigating the skills gap and the tight labor market.

A struggle, however, will be finding the talent to fill the vacancies. One way companies are tackling that challenge is by upskilling their current employees.

Jeff McMillan, the chief data and analytics officer for Morgan Stanley's wealth management division, runs an internal AI boot camp that covers the basics of the technology. And Microsoft and others are working with online educational platforms like OpenClassrooms to craft comprehensive curriculum to give existing workers the chance to train for new jobs within the organization.

With tech-heavy skills in such short supply, some experts even suggest that corporations should appoint a "chief reskilling" officer to manage the push to reskill employees. "What this new role will be doing is future thinking, future strategy, future alignment with talent and people," Jason Wingard, the dean of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, previously told Business Insider.

While investments in larger, enterprise-wide AI projects could slip in 2020, the push to adopt the tech will remain fervent, creating a lucrative job market for those who have the skills to support the shift.

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