2021 Information/AI Wage Survey – O’Reilly


In June 2021, we requested the recipients of our Information & AI E-newsletter to reply to a survey about compensation. The outcomes gave us perception into what our subscribers are paid, the place they’re situated, what industries they work for, what their considerations are, and what types of profession improvement alternatives they’re pursuing.

Whereas it’s sadly untimely to say that the survey occurred on the finish of the COVID-19 pandemic (although we will all hope), it occurred at a time when restrictions have been loosening: we have been beginning to exit in public, have events, and in some instances even attend in-person conferences. The outcomes then present a spot to begin excited about what impact the pandemic had on employment. There was a variety of uncertainty about stability, notably at smaller corporations: Would the corporate’s enterprise mannequin proceed to be efficient? Would your job nonetheless be there in a yr? On the similar time, staff have been reluctant to search for new jobs, particularly if they might require relocating—at the very least in accordance with the rumor mill. Have been these considerations mirrored in new patterns for employment?

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Government Abstract

  • The common wage for knowledge and AI professionals who responded to the survey was $146,000.
  • The common change in compensation over the past three years was $9,252. This corresponds to an annual enhance of two.25%. Nevertheless, 8% of the correspondents reported decreased compensation, and 18% reported no change.
  • We don’t see proof of a “nice resignation.” 22% of respondents stated they supposed to alter jobs, roughly what we’d have anticipated. Respondents appeared involved about job safety, most likely due to the pandemic’s impact on the financial system.
  • Common compensation was highest in California ($176,000), adopted by Japanese Seaboard states like New York and Massachusetts.
  • Compensation for ladies was considerably decrease than for males (84%). Salaries have been decrease no matter training or job title. Girls have been extra seemingly than males to have superior levels, notably PhDs.
  • Many respondents acquired certifications. Cloud certifications, particularly in AWS and Microsoft Azure, have been most strongly related to wage will increase.
  • Most respondents participated in coaching of some type. Studying new expertise and bettering previous ones have been the commonest causes for coaching, although hireability and job safety have been additionally components. Firm-provided coaching alternatives have been most strongly related to pay will increase.


The survey was publicized by means of O’Reilly’s Information & AI E-newsletter and was restricted to respondents in the USA and the UK. There have been 3,136 legitimate responses, 2,778 from the US and 284 from the UK. This report focuses on the respondents from the US, with solely restricted consideration paid to these from the UK. A small variety of respondents (74) recognized as residents of the US or UK, however their IP addresses indicated that they have been situated elsewhere. We didn’t use the information from these respondents; in apply, discarding this knowledge had no impact on the outcomes.

Of the two,778 US respondents, 2,225 (81%) recognized as males, and 383 (14%) recognized as ladies (as recognized by their most popular pronouns). 113 (4%) recognized as “different,” and 14 (0.5%) used “they.”

The outcomes are biased by the survey’s recipients (subscribers to O’Reilly’s Information & AI E-newsletter). Our viewers is especially sturdy within the software program (20% of respondents), laptop {hardware} (4%), and laptop safety (2%) industries—over 25% of the whole. Our viewers can also be sturdy within the states the place these industries are concentrated: 42% of the US respondents lived in California (20%), New York (9%), Massachusetts (6%), and Texas (7%), although these states solely make up 27% of the US inhabitants.

Compensation Fundamentals

The common annual wage for workers who labored in knowledge or AI was $146,000. Most salaries have been between $100,000 and $150,000 yearly (34%); the following commonest wage tier was from $150,000 to $200,000 (26%). Compensation depended strongly on location, with common salaries highest in California ($176,000).

The common wage change over the previous three years was $9,252, which is 2.25% per yr (assuming a remaining wage equal to the typical). A small variety of respondents (8%) reported wage decreases, and 18% reported no change. Financial uncertainty attributable to the pandemic could also be answerable for the declines in compensation. 19% reported will increase of $5,000 to $10,000 over that interval; 14% reported will increase of over $25,000. A examine by the IEEE means that the typical wage for technical staff elevated 3.6% per yr, increased than our respondents indicated.

39% of respondents reported promotions up to now three years, and 37% reported altering employers throughout that interval. 22% reported that they have been contemplating altering jobs as a result of their salaries hadn’t elevated throughout the previous yr. Is that this an indication of what some have referred to as a “nice resignation”? Frequent knowledge has it that technical staff change jobs each three to 4 years. LinkedIn and Certainly each advocate staying for at the very least three years, although they observe that youthful staff change jobs extra usually. LinkedIn elsewhere states that the annual turnover fee for expertise staff is 13.2%—which means that staff keep at their jobs for roughly seven and a half years. If that’s appropriate, the 37% that modified jobs over three years appears about proper, and the 22% who stated they “intend to go away their job as a consequence of an absence of compensation enhance” doesn’t appear overly excessive. Needless to say intent to alter and precise change are usually not the identical—and that there are various causes to alter jobs except for wage, together with flexibility round working hours and dealing from residence.

64% of the respondents took half in coaching or obtained certifications up to now yr, and 31% reported spending over 100 hours in coaching applications, starting from formal graduate levels to studying weblog posts. As we’ll see later, cloud certifications (particularly in AWS and Microsoft Azure) have been the preferred and appeared to have the biggest impact on salaries.

The explanations respondents gave for collaborating in coaching have been surprisingly constant. The overwhelming majority reported that they needed to be taught new expertise (91%) or enhance current expertise (84%). Information and AI professionals are clearly excited by studying—and that studying is self-motivated, not imposed by administration. Comparatively few (22%) stated that coaching was required by their job, and even fewer participated in coaching as a result of they have been involved about dropping their job (9%).

Nevertheless, there have been different motives at work. 56% of our respondents stated that they needed to extend their “job safety,” which is at odds with the low quantity who have been involved about dropping their job. And 73% reported that they engaged in coaching or obtained certifications to extend their “hireability,” which can recommend extra concern about job stability than our respondents would admit. The pandemic was a risk to many companies, and staff have been justifiably involved that their job might vanish after a foul pandemic-influenced quarter. A need for elevated hireability may additionally point out that we’ll see extra individuals seeking to change jobs within the close to future.

Lastly, 61% of the respondents stated that they participated in coaching or earned certifications as a result of they needed a wage enhance or a promotion (“enhance in job title/tasks”). It isn’t shocking that staff see coaching as a path to promotion—particularly as corporations that need to rent in fields like knowledge science, machine studying, and AI deal with a scarcity of certified staff. Given the problem of hiring experience from outdoors, we anticipate an growing variety of corporations to develop their very own ML and AI expertise internally utilizing coaching applications.

Salaries by Gender

To no person’s shock, our survey confirmed that knowledge science and AI professionals are principally male. The variety of respondents tells the story by itself: solely 14% recognized as ladies, which is decrease than we’d have guessed, although it’s roughly according to our convention attendance (again after we had dwell conferences) and roughly equal to different technical fields. A small quantity (5%) reported their most popular pronoun as “they” or Different, however this pattern was too small to attract any vital comparisons about compensation.

Girls’s salaries have been sharply decrease than males’s salaries, averaging $126,000 yearly, or 84% of the typical wage for males ($150,000). That differential held no matter training, as Determine 1 exhibits: the typical wage for a lady with a doctorate or grasp’s diploma was 82% of the wage for a person with an equal diploma. The distinction wasn’t fairly as excessive for individuals with bachelor’s levels or who have been nonetheless college students, but it surely was nonetheless vital: ladies with bachelor’s levels or who have been college students earned 86% or 87% of the typical wage for males. The distinction in salaries was best between individuals who have been self-taught: in that case, ladies’s salaries have been 72% of males’s. An affiliate’s diploma was the one diploma for which ladies’s salaries have been increased than males’s.

Determine 1. Girls’s and males’s salaries by diploma

Regardless of the wage differential, a better share of ladies had superior levels than males: 16% of ladies had a doctorate, versus 13% of males. And 47% of ladies had a grasp’s diploma, versus 46% of males. (If these percentages appear excessive, remember that many professionals in knowledge science and AI are escapees from academia.)

Girls’s salaries additionally lagged males’s salaries after we in contrast men and women with related job titles (see Determine 2). On the govt stage, the typical wage for ladies was $163,000 versus $205,000 for males (a 20% distinction). On the director stage, the distinction was a lot smaller—$180,000 for ladies versus $184,000 for males—and ladies’s salaries have been truly increased than these on the govt stage. It’s simple to hypothesize about this distinction, however we’re at a loss to clarify it. For managers, ladies’s salaries have been $143,000 versus $154,000 for males (a 7% distinction).

Profession development can also be a difficulty: 18% of the ladies who participated within the survey have been executives or administrators, in contrast with 23% of the lads.

Determine 2. Girls’s and males’s salaries by job title

Earlier than transferring on from our consideration of the impact of gender on wage, let’s take a quick have a look at how salaries modified over the previous three years. As Determine 3 exhibits, the proportion of women and men respondents who noticed no change was nearly equivalent (18%). However extra ladies than males noticed their salaries lower (10% versus 7%). Correspondingly, extra males noticed their salaries enhance. Girls have been additionally extra more likely to have a smaller enhance: 24% of ladies had a rise of underneath $5,000 versus 17% of males. On the excessive finish of the wage spectrum, the distinction between women and men was smaller, although nonetheless not zero: 19% of males noticed their salaries enhance by over $20,000, however solely 18% of ladies did. So probably the most vital variations have been within the midrange. One anomaly stands out: a barely increased share of ladies than males obtained wage will increase within the $15,000 to $20,000 vary (8% versus 6%).

Determine 3. Change in wage for men and women over three years

Salaries by Programming Language

After we checked out the preferred programming languages for knowledge and AI practitioners, we didn’t see any surprises: Python was dominant (61%), adopted by SQL (54%), JavaScript (32%), HTML (29%), Bash (29%), Java (24%), and R (20%). C++, C#, and C have been additional again within the listing (12%, 12%, and 11%, respectively).

Discussing the connection between programming languages and wage is difficult as a result of respondents have been allowed to examine a number of languages, and most did. However after we regarded on the languages related to the very best salaries, we obtained a considerably completely different listing. Essentially the most extensively used and standard languages, like Python ($150,000), SQL ($144,000), Java ($155,000), and JavaScript ($146,000), have been solidly in the midst of the wage vary. The outliers have been Rust, which had the very best common wage (over $180,000), Go ($179,000), and Scala ($178,000). Different much less frequent languages related to excessive salaries have been Erlang, Julia, Swift, and F#. Net languages (HTML, PHP, and CSS) have been on the backside (throughout $135,000). See Determine 4 for the total listing.

Determine 4. Wage vs. programming language

How will we clarify this? It’s troublesome to say that knowledge and AI builders who use Rust command a better wage, since most respondents checked a number of languages. However we consider that this knowledge exhibits one thing vital. The provision of expertise for newer languages like Rust and Go is comparatively small. Whereas there is probably not an enormous demand for knowledge scientists who use these languages (but), there’s clearly some demand—and with skilled Go and Rust programmers briefly provide, they command a better wage. Maybe it’s even easier: whatever the language somebody will use at work, employers interpret information of Rust and Go as an indication of competence and willingness to be taught, which will increase candidates’ worth. The same argument could be made for Scala, which is the native language for the extensively used Spark platform. Languages like Python and SQL are desk stakes: an applicant who can’t use them might simply be penalized, however competence doesn’t confer any particular distinction.

One shock is that 10% of the respondents stated that they didn’t use any programming languages. We’re unsure what which means. It’s potential they labored solely in Excel, which must be thought-about a programming language however usually isn’t. It’s additionally potential that they have been managers or executives who now not did any programming.

Salaries by Device and Platform

We additionally requested respondents what instruments they used for statistics and machine studying and what platforms they used for knowledge analytics and knowledge administration. We noticed among the similar patterns that we noticed with programming languages. And the identical warning applies: respondents have been allowed to pick a number of solutions to our questions concerning the instruments and platforms that they use. (Nevertheless, a number of solutions weren’t as frequent as for programming languages.) As well as, in the event you’re conversant in instruments and platforms for machine studying and statistics, you realize that the boundary between them is fuzzy. Is Spark a instrument or a platform? We thought-about it a platform, although two Spark libraries are within the listing of instruments. What about Kafka? A platform, clearly, however a platform for constructing knowledge pipelines that’s qualitatively completely different from a platform like Ray, Spark, or Hadoop.

Simply as with programming languages, we discovered that probably the most extensively used instruments and platforms have been related to midrange salaries; older instruments, even when they’re nonetheless extensively used, have been related to decrease salaries; and among the instruments and platforms with the fewest customers corresponded to the very best salaries. (See Determine 5 for the total listing.)

The most typical responses to the query about instruments for machine studying or statistics have been “I don’t use any instruments” (40%) or Excel (31%). Ignoring the query of how one does machine studying or statistics with out instruments, we’ll solely be aware that those that didn’t use instruments had a median wage of $143,000, and Excel customers had a median wage of $138,000—each beneath common. Stata ($120,000) was additionally on the backside of the listing; it’s an older package deal with comparatively few customers and is clearly falling out of favor.

The favored machine studying packages PyTorch (19% of customers, $166,000 common wage), TensorFlow (20%, $164,000), and scikit-learn (27%, $157,000) occupied the center floor. These salaries have been above the typical for all respondents, which was pulled down by the big numbers who didn’t use instruments or solely used Excel. The best salaries have been related to H2O (3%, $183,000), KNIME (2%, $180,000), Spark NLP (5%, $179,000), and Spark MLlib (8%, $175,000). It’s arduous to belief conclusions primarily based on 2% or 3% of the respondents, however it seems that salaries are increased for individuals who work with instruments which have a variety of “buzz” however aren’t but extensively used. Employers pay a premium for specialised experience.

Determine 5. Common wage by instruments for statistics or machine studying

We see virtually precisely the identical factor after we have a look at knowledge frameworks (Determine 6). Once more, the commonest response was from individuals who didn’t use a framework; that group additionally obtained the bottom salaries (30% of customers, $133,000 common wage).

In 2021, Hadoop usually looks as if legacy software program, however 15% of the respondents have been engaged on the Hadoop platform, with a median wage of $166,000. That was above the typical wage for all customers and on the low finish of the midrange for salaries sorted by platform.

The best salaries have been related to Clicktale (now ContentSquare), a cloud-based analytics system for researching buyer expertise: solely 0.2% of respondents use it, however they’ve a median wage of $225,000. Different frameworks related to excessive salaries have been Tecton (the business model of Michelangelo, at $218,000), Ray ($191,000), and Amundsen ($189,000). These frameworks had comparatively few customers—probably the most extensively used on this group was Amundsen with 0.8% of respondents (and once more, we warning towards studying an excessive amount of into outcomes primarily based on so few respondents). All of those platforms are comparatively new, often mentioned within the tech press and social media, and seem like rising healthily. Kafka, Spark, Google BigQuery, and Dask have been within the center, with a variety of customers (15%, 19%, 8%, and 5%) and above-average salaries ($179,000, $172,000, $170,000, and $170,000). Once more, the preferred platforms occupied the center of the vary; expertise with much less often used and rising platforms commanded a premium.

Determine 6. Common wage by knowledge framework or platform

Salaries by Business

The best variety of respondents labored within the software program business (20% of the whole), adopted by consulting (11%) and healthcare, banking, and training (every at 8%). Comparatively few respondents listed themselves as consultants (additionally 2%), although consultancy tends to be cyclic, relying on present pondering on outsourcing, tax legislation, and different components. The common revenue for consultants was $150,000, which is just barely increased than the typical for all respondents ($146,000). That will point out that we’re presently in some type of an equilibrium between consultants and in-house expertise.

Whereas knowledge evaluation has grow to be important to each type of enterprise and AI is discovering many functions outdoors of computing, salaries have been highest within the laptop business itself, as Determine 7 makes clear. For our functions, the “laptop business” was divided into 4 segments: laptop {hardware}, cloud providers and internet hosting, safety, and software program. Common salaries in these industries ranged from $171,000 (for laptop {hardware}) to $164,000 (for software program). Salaries for the promoting business (together with social media) have been surprisingly low, solely $150,000.

Determine 7. Common wage by business

Schooling and nonprofit organizations (together with commerce associations) have been on the backside finish of the dimensions, with compensation simply above $100,000 ($106,000 and $103,000, respectively). Salaries for technical staff in authorities have been barely increased ($124,000).

Salaries by State

When knowledge and AI practitioners geographically, there weren’t any huge surprises. The states with probably the most respondents have been California, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts. California accounted for 19% of the whole, with over double the variety of respondents from New York (8%). To grasp how these 4 states dominate, do not forget that they make up 42% of our respondents however solely 27% of the USA’ inhabitants.

Salaries in California have been the very best, averaging $176,000. The Japanese Seaboard did properly, with a median wage of $157,000 in Massachusetts (second highest). New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington, DC, all reported common salaries within the neighborhood of $150,000 (as did North Dakota, with 5 respondents). The common wage reported for Texas was $148,000, which is barely above the nationwide common however however appears on the low facet for a state with a major expertise business.

Salaries within the Pacific Northwest weren’t as excessive as we anticipated. Washington simply barely made it into the highest 10 by way of the variety of respondents, and common salaries in Washington and Oregon have been $138,000 and $133,000, respectively. (See Determine 8 for the total listing.)

The best-paying jobs, with salaries over $300,000, have been concentrated in California (5% of the state’s respondents) and Massachusetts (4%). There have been a couple of attention-grabbing outliers: North Dakota and Nevada each had only a few respondents, however every had one respondent making over $300,000. In Nevada, we’re guessing that’s somebody who works for the on line casino business—in spite of everything, the origins of likelihood and statistics are tied to playing. Most states had no respondents with compensation over $300,000.

Determine 8. Common wage by state

The bottom salaries have been, for probably the most half, from states with the fewest respondents. We’re reluctant to say greater than that. These states usually had underneath 10 respondents, which implies that averaging salaries is extraordinarily noisy. For instance, Alaska solely had two respondents and a median wage of $75,000; Mississippi and Louisiana every solely had 5 respondents, and Rhode Island solely had three. In any of those states, one or two further respondents on the govt stage would have an enormous impact on the states common. Moreover, the averages in these states are so low that each one (or virtually all) respondents should be college students, interns, or in entry-level positions. So we don’t assume we will make any assertion stronger than “the excessive paying jobs are the place you’d anticipate them to be.”

Job Change by Wage

Regardless of the variations between states, we discovered that the need to alter jobs primarily based on lack of compensation didn’t rely considerably on geography. There have been outliers at each extremes, however they have been all in states the place the variety of respondents was small and one or two individuals seeking to change jobs would make a major distinction. It’s not terribly attention-grabbing to say that 24% of respondents from California intend to alter jobs (solely 2% above the nationwide common); in spite of everything, you’d anticipate California to dominate. There could also be a small sign from states like New York, with 232 respondents, of whom 27% intend to alter jobs, or from a state like Virginia, with 137 respondents, of whom solely 19% have been pondering of fixing. However once more, these numbers aren’t a lot completely different from the whole share of potential job changers.

If intent to alter jobs as a consequence of compensation isn’t depending on location, then what does it depend upon? Wage. It’s by no means shocking that respondents with the bottom salaries (underneath $50,000/yr) are extremely motivated to alter jobs (29%); this group consists largely of scholars, interns, and others who’re beginning their careers. The group that confirmed the second highest need to alter jobs, nevertheless, had the very best salaries: over $400,000/yr (27%). It’s an attention-grabbing pairing: these with the very best and lowest salaries have been most intent on getting a wage enhance.

26% of these with annual salaries between $50,000 and $100,000 indicated that they intend to alter jobs due to compensation. For the rest of the respondents (these with salaries between $100,000 and $400,000), the proportion who intend to alter jobs was 22% or decrease.

Salaries by Certification

Over a 3rd of the respondents (37%) replied that they hadn’t obtained any certifications up to now yr. The following largest group replied “different” (14%), that means that that they had obtained certifications up to now yr however not one of many certifications we listed. We allowed them to jot down in their very own responses, they usually shared 352 distinctive solutions, starting from vendor-specific certifications (e.g., DataRobot) to school levels (e.g., College of Texas) to well-established certifications in any variety of fields (e.g., Licensed Info Techniques Safety Skilled a.ok.a. CISSP). Whereas there have been definitely instances the place respondents used completely different phrases to explain the identical factor, the quantity of distinctive write-in responses displays the good variety of certifications out there.

Cloud certifications have been by far the preferred. The highest certification was for AWS (3.9% obtained AWS Licensed Options Architect-Affiliate), adopted by Microsoft Azure (3.8% had AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals), then two extra AWS certifications and CompTIA’s Safety+ certification (1% every). Needless to say 1% solely represents 27 respondents, and all the opposite certifications had even fewer respondents.

As Determine 9 exhibits, the very best salaries have been related to AWS certifications, the Microsoft AZ-104 (Azure Administrator Affiliate) certification, and the CISSP safety certification. The common wage for individuals itemizing these certifications was increased than the typical wage for US respondents as an entire. And the typical wage for respondents who wrote in a certification was barely above the typical for many who didn’t earn any certifications ($149,000 versus $143,000).

Determine 9. Common wage by certification earned

Certifications have been additionally related to wage will increase (Determine 10). Once more AWS and Microsoft Azure dominate, with Microsoft’s AZ-104 main the best way, adopted by three AWS certifications. And on the entire, respondents with certifications seem to have obtained bigger wage will increase than those that didn’t earn any technical certifications.

Determine 10. Common wage change by certification

Google Cloud is an apparent omission from this story. Whereas Google is the third-most-important cloud supplier, solely 26 respondents (roughly 1%) claimed any Google certification, all underneath the “Different” class.

Amongst our respondents, safety certifications have been comparatively unusual and didn’t seem like related to considerably increased salaries or wage will increase. Cisco’s CCNP was related to increased wage will increase; respondents who earned the CompTIA Safety+ or CISSP certifications obtained smaller will increase. Does this replicate that administration undervalues safety coaching? If this speculation is appropriate, undervaluing safety is clearly a major mistake, given the continuing significance of safety and the potential of new assaults towards AI and different data-driven techniques.

Cloud certifications clearly had the best impact on wage will increase. With only a few exceptions, any certification was higher than no certification: respondents who wrote in a certification underneath “Different” averaged a $9,600 wage enhance over the previous couple of years, versus $8,900 for respondents who didn’t acquire a certification and $9,300 for all respondents no matter certification.


Collaborating in coaching resulted in wage will increase—however solely for many who spent greater than 100 hours in a coaching program. As Determine 11 exhibits, these respondents had a median wage enhance of $11,000. This was additionally the biggest group of respondents (19%). Respondents who solely reported endeavor 1–19 hours of coaching (8%) noticed decrease wage will increase, with a median of $7,100. It’s attention-grabbing that those that participated in 1–19 hours of coaching noticed smaller will increase than those that didn’t take part in coaching in any respect. It doesn’t make sense to take a position about this distinction, however the knowledge does make one factor clear: in the event you interact in coaching, be critical about it.

Determine 11. Common wage change vs. hours of coaching

We additionally requested what kinds of coaching respondents engaged in: whether or not it was firm supplied (for which there have been three alternate options), a certification program, a convention, or another type of coaching (detailed in Determine 12). Respondents who took benefit of company-provided alternatives had the very best common salaries ($156,000, $150,000, and $149,000). Those that obtained certifications have been subsequent ($148,000). The outcomes are related if we have a look at wage will increase over the previous three years: Those that participated in varied types of company-offered coaching obtained will increase between $11,000 and $10,000. Wage will increase for respondents who obtained a certification have been in the identical vary ($11,000).

Determine 12. Common wage change vs. kind of coaching

The Final Phrase

Information and AI professionals—a rubric underneath which we embody knowledge scientists, knowledge engineers, and specialists in AI and ML—are well-paid, reporting a median wage just below $150,000. Nevertheless, there have been sharp state-by-state variations: salaries have been considerably increased in California, although the Northeast (with some exceptions) did properly.

There have been additionally vital variations between salaries for women and men. Males’s salaries have been increased no matter job title, no matter coaching and no matter tutorial levels—though ladies have been extra more likely to have a complicated tutorial diploma (PhD or grasp’s diploma) than have been males.

We don’t see proof of a “nice resignation.” Job turnover by means of the pandemic was roughly what we’d anticipate (maybe barely beneath regular). Respondents did seem like involved about job safety, although they didn’t need to admit it explicitly. However apart from the least- and most-highly compensated respondents, the intent to alter jobs due to wage was surprisingly constant and nothing to be alarmed at.

Coaching was essential, partially as a result of it was related to hireability and job safety however extra as a result of respondents have been genuinely excited by studying new expertise and bettering present ones. Cloud coaching, notably in AWS and Microsoft Azure, was probably the most strongly related to increased wage will increase.

However maybe we should always depart the final phrase to our respondents. The ultimate query in our survey requested what areas of expertise would have the largest impact on wage and promotions within the coming yr. It wasn’t a shock that a lot of the respondents stated machine studying (63%)—as of late, ML is the most popular subject within the knowledge world. It was extra of a shock that “programming languages” was famous by simply 34% of respondents. (Solely “Different” obtained fewer responses—see Determine 13 for full particulars.) Our respondents clearly aren’t impressed by programming languages, though the information means that employers are keen to pay a premium for Rust, Go, and Scala.

There’s one other sign price being attentive to if we glance past the extremes. Information instruments, cloud and containers, and automation have been almost tied (46, 47, and 44%). The cloud and containers class consists of instruments like Docker and Kubernetes, cloud suppliers like AWS and Microsoft Azure, and disciplines like MLOps. The instruments class consists of instruments for constructing and sustaining knowledge pipelines, like Kafka. “Automation” can imply a variety of issues however on this context most likely means automated coaching and deployment.

Determine 13. What applied sciences can have the largest impact on compensation within the coming yr?

We’ve argued for a while that operations—efficiently deploying and managing functions in manufacturing—is the largest subject going through ML practitioners within the coming years. If you wish to keep on high of what’s taking place in knowledge, and if you wish to maximize your job safety, hireability, and wage, don’t simply discover ways to construct AI fashions; discover ways to deploy functions that dwell within the cloud.

Within the basic film The Graduate, one character famously says, “There’s an important future in plastics. Give it some thought.” In 2021, and with out being anyplace close to as repulsive, we’d say, “There’s an important future within the cloud. Give it some thought.”


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