New Report on Potential Impact of AI on Future of Work

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A special new report, “Future of Work Report: AI at Work,” was just-released by LinkedIn that looks at the emerging trends within AI in the workplace and examines the potential impact of AI on the future of work. 

Dr. Karin Kimbrough, Chief Economist at LinkedIn said “The rise of AI is already redefining work and, at LinkedIn, we believe that AI has the power to level the playing field and create opportunity for many professionals – particularly career starters and those without advanced degrees. By learning and leveraging AI tools, these professionals can boost their productivity, devote more time to showcasing those crucial people skills that are increasingly in demand, and take on more impactful work earlier in their careers.” 

Here are some highlights from LinkedIn’s Q2 Future of Work Report: AI at Work:

Professionals are increasingly exploring and applying to AI-related roles

  • In this second report, we examined global data on our platform from December 2022 to September 2023. Conversations around AI on LinkedIn have increased by 70% globally since GAI sparked in popularity.
  • At the same time that AI conversations are spiking on the platform, we’re also seeing member interest in AI jobs increase.
    • From December 2022 to September 2023, views for AI and AI-related jobs — those jobs that have AI or Machine Learning in their titles and/or require AI Skills — increased by 12% across seven major economies (Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US)). 
  • Applications to AI and AI-related job postings have seen similar growth, up 11% globally during the same time period. 
    • Interest is particularly high in the US, where views and applications of AI jobs increased by 21% and 19%, respectively, since December 2022.

Tech workers need to balance soft and technical skills 

  • While many AI jobs require AI skills like Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Data Structures, most of those roles require a mix of AI and non-AI skills (people and digital skills).
  • Balancing AI skills with people skills is critical to career growth. Tech professionals who have developed one or more of these people skills — communication, teamwork, problem-solving, or leadership — in addition to hard skills get promoted more than 13% faster than employees who only have hard skills.

Executives and employees express excitement, unease about AI 

  • A recent LinkedIn survey revealed that 52% of Millennials and 48% of Gen Z globally believe that AI will help move their career forward by providing faster access to knowledge and insights, which will help them be more confident at work.
  • Globally, both men and women feel equally overwhelmed (39%) by the amount of change AI may bring to their jobs in the future, and amid these feelings, two-thirds of professionals believe that AI will change the way they work within the next year.
  • 40% of men globally say they’ve started experimenting with AI tools, while only 34% of women globally say the same.
  • In the US, 52% of men say they’ve begun experimenting with AI tools, compared to 31% of women.

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