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04.10.24

Start by brushing up on your AI skills – for better job prospects and a higher salary. 

Rather than eliminating jobs, employers and employees alike increasingly view AI as a tool for enhancing jobs – allowing people to further their own careers by helping them do the work they do every day more efficiently. 

To understand trends in AI usage and how workers should adapt to them to maximize their professional success, a recent study by Access Partnership in collaboration with Amazon Web Services surveyed 3,297 employees and 1,340 organizations across different U.S. industries about AI utilization in the workplace. What they found: a huge productivity payoff for employers who use AI and a large benefits boost for employees who are skilled in and utilize AI. 

The study showed that in the next four years, 92% of companies expect to use AI-powered solutions to positively enhance their organization’s productivity in areas from IT to marketing to HR. Optimism about AI is also quite strong: At the same time, more than 90% of employees expect at least one benefit from generative AI – including 54% who believe AI will be able to automate repetitive tasks for them, freeing up more of their time for other more creative (or interesting) things. And better work product equals higher pay: companies indicated they would pay a salary premium (which could be at least 30%) for AI-skilled workers. 

Workers across all age ranges – from Baby Boomers (65%) to Gen Z (81%), are reporting a desire for more AI training. They are telling businesses in a clear voice: now is the time to invest in their team’s AI competency. 

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