AI related jobs have climbed to become the most sought after in China. Source: Shutterstock

AI related jobs have climbed to become the most sought after in China. Source: Shutterstock

Why is China driving up the demand for AI professionals?

BUSINESS leaders across the globe are aware of China’s intent to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI).

What they might not be aware of, however, is that the pursuit to help AI evolve has led to a massive demand for AI-professionals within the space.

According to a recent report, AI graduates are now the most sought after group among China’s tech companies as the central government continues to push its human capital to prepare for a knowledge-based, tech-driven economy.

Among all AI professionals, the demand for image recognition engineers grew 111 percent since last year. This was followed by demand within medical R&D and the gaming industry with 88 and 84 percent year-on-year growth, respectively.

Overall, AI-related jobs such as in the field of voice recognition, image processing, and recommendation algorithms dominated the list of open positions.

The report was based on data from the BossZhipin platform stated that Chinese companies are seeking to integrate AI into the country’s economy this year.

“Artificial intelligence is truly popular in China’s job market, and employers do offer high salary packages,” Ericj Duan, a graduate student at the Beijing Institute of Technology said.

However, Duan admitted that the jobs in the AI sector are not easy, especially for beginners.

While the main focus has been AI, China has been firing on all cylinders in developing other future technologies as well, specifically within the fields of automobile and biotechnology as part of Bejing’s broader push to become a global technology powerhouse.

The Premier of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang, at every opportunity, lobbies for more investment in big data and AI. Leaders of Chinese tech giants such a Tencent, Baidu, and Xiaomi too are constantly looking for ways to grow their technology capabilities.

The country also plans to craft legislative frameworks in the AI, cybersecurity, and data privacy space within the next five years, according to local media.

Meanwhile, China’s Occupation Skill Testing Authority (OSTA) in January announced a new list of job titles that are considered officially recognized professions.