A worker puts finishing touches to an iPal social robot, designed by AvatarMind, at an assembly plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China July 4, 2018. Designed to offer education, care and companionship to children and the elderly, the 3.5-feet tall humanoid robots come in two genders and can tell stories, take photos and deliver educational or promotional content.
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This is where you should move if you want a job in AI

By Cassie Werber

It’s debatable whether artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys. But the present moment is certainly seeing a bulge in opportunities for humans to wield (or learn) the skills associated with AI and machine learning, and they’re concentrated in just a few countries and specific cities around the world.

One indication of this is some job-ad data mined by UiPath, a company that makes software for robotic process automation (and therefore has skin in the AI game). The company analyzed 30,000 listings on Indeed.com, a leading jobs site. It focused on 15 countries, searching for any jobs that required skill or training in AI or machine learning, or any role in companies that specialized in those things. (UiPath said it accounted for use of local language in searches.)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, China led the pack by a big margin, followed by the US, Japan, and then the UK:

When the same data was broken down by jobs per million citizens, however, a different picture emerged: Japan was first, Israel leapt to second place (from 12th in the overall rankings), and the UK came third. This suggests that those countries are seeking to employ in AI a bigger proportion of their populace than either the US or China, which came fourth and tenth respectively in the jobs-per-citizen rankings. For someone deciding to retrain or relocate, it’s possible the UK is a better job market, therefore, than China.

When it comes to cities with the most jobs, however, the majority were in China:

London beat New York for numbers of listed jobs, and New York beat San Fransisco, which came in 12th place. Elsewhere in the US, Santa Clara, California, was 13th and Seattle 15th.