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News » Energy workers see AI boosting jobs, skills demand – study

Energy workers see AI boosting jobs, skills demand – study

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — A new report reveals that artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to significantly reshape the energy industry workforce. 

The eighth annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) by global staffing firm Airswift surveyed 12,000 professionals across 149 countries. For 95% of energy workers, AI will increase the demand for human skills like programming, critical thinking, and creativity.

Currently, 27% of energy workers use AI, with another 11% adopting it within six months. 

Overall, 87% are optimistic about AI’s impact, with 74% expecting it to boost productivity. Additionally, 60% foresee better career prospects, while 54% predict improved work-life balance from AI handling repetitive tasks.

“AI is increasing the demand for skills in the energy industry in everything from data security to software engineering,” said Janette Marx, CEO of Airswift.

“Energy companies need to future-proof their skills base by transforming training to align with emerging AI skills gaps, while also recruiting talent from outside industries such as technology.”

However, employees cited insufficient AI investment and unclear implementation as top adoption barriers. Despite the enthusiasm, 43% worry about losing the human touch with increased automation, and 31% fear heightened cybersecurity risks.

Goldman Sachs predicts AI advancements could jeopardize 300 million jobs globally due to automation while tech billionaire Elon Musk says AI will end the need for jobs, but many believe human labor will still be necessary for many roles.

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