2018’s Hot Jobs and Recruiting Challenges

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Earlier this year, MIT Technology Review predicted five jobs that are likely to grow in 2018. We’re now well into the year; how prescient were its predictions? Let’s take a look at the five jobs predicted to grow in 2018:

trendsRenewable-Energy Technician

As the energy industry moves away from coal to focus more on natural gas and renewables to provide power to meet rising demands, new professions are emerging. Two of them—solar photovoltaic installers and wind turbine technicians—have been identified as “the fastest-growing professionals by percentage over the next 10 years,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Machine Trainer

While people tend to be more concerned about the jobs that artificial intelligence (AI) may take away, some point to ways that AI may actually create new jobs. “Machine trainer” is one example. In fact, Erin Winick writes in the MIT piece, “In December, Google hired 10,000 workers to help clean up content on YouTube and train its machine-learning technology.”

AI Engineer

In order for companies to be able to adopt AI technologies, people need to be available to actually create these applications. That’s where AI engineers come into play. As Winick points out, “There probably isn’t a more sought-after skill set in the world of technology.”


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