Study: AI will create more jobs than it kills
- While artificial intelligence may eliminate many jobs, it is still on track to make up for that with even more new positions. In 2020, AI will have created 2.3 million jobs while eliminating only 1.8 million, according to an analysis from Gartner.
- Net job creation or elimination will vary greatly by industry: some industries will experience overall job loss; some industries will experience net job loss for only a few years; and some industries, such as healthcare and education, will never experience net job loss, the firm says.
- Entities will have to develop plans quickly to keep up with these changes, Gartner said.
Gartner's analysis may provide a little more perspective around the studies predicting mass job elimination in the near future. As those jobs are lost, more may emerge, and employers will be looking for workers with the skills to perform the new jobs.
To prepare for those new workforce needs, some companies have partnered with schools and nonprofits to train individuals in the skills that employers will need. Others are upskilling their own workers, hoping they can shift them into those new roles.
Employers also may want to prepare for workflow changes that come with AI. The technology could affect a variety of fields, including HR. In particular, AI is expected to bring major changes in recuiting, training and onboarding.