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Element AI Founder Releases 2020 Global AI Talent Report

Annual global study shows technical AI industry talent has grown significantly to 477,000 professionals—with emerging hot spots taking larger share despite COVID-19 impact.

Jean-François (JF) Gagné, CEO and Founder of Element AI, a global developer of artificial intelligence-powered (AI) solutions and software, announced the release of the third annual Global AI Talent Report. The 2020 report examines the most current global patterns for the worldwide AI talent pool.

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This year, research methods have been expanded to take a broader look at the primary technical roles attracting more people to the AI industry and had many findings. The supply of technical AI talent has grown significantly all over the world to try and meet demand during the last several years. While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a dent in demand in most major markets, it may have a surprising result in more talent going to emerging AI hotspots. The report shows that already there is notable development of more AI-related talent in countries like Brazil and India, as AI tooling becomes democratized and the training needed is more accessible via online courses.

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The 2020 Global AI Talent Report also finds:

  • Top AI talent remains global and highly mobile
  • The gender imbalance between males and females in AI research has not changed
  • Few of those employed in the AI industry are conducting fundamental research

“Our third annual Global AI Talent Report was expanded to cover the important roles that are critical to productizing AI, taking it from proof-of-concept in the lab, to working at scale in real time,” said Jean-François (JF) Gagné, CEO and Founder of Element AI. “While the global AI industry saw a temporary decrease in demand for jobs due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the industry will turn to meet the needs of a more digitized economy. As the industry grows and matures, we will see tools and processes standardized for productizing AI, which will help roles specialize. We should also expect to see a boom of less technical, yet AI-literate jobs emerge,” added Gagné.

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