These Are The Latest High-Paying Jobs Being Created By AI In Europe

Although you’ve probably heard the doom and gloom predictions about artificial intelligence (AI) taking peoples’ jobs, you can also expect it to create new ones — at least 2.6 million globally by  2027, the World Economic Forum reveals. With Europe also leading the way with AI regulation — the European Parliament recently passed the EU Artificial Intelligence Act, the first of its kind worldwide — the industry is expected to boom within the next few years. In fact, a number of AI jobs are already popping up fast as the tech continues to evolve. Ethics officers, prompt engineers, and AI engineers are just some of the latest exciting, high-paying positions increasingly in demand.  

AI ethics officer 

Since AI is programmed by humans who may naturally be subject to biases, this means there’s a risk AI will harbour those same biases. That’s why AI ethics officers are needed to keep AI impartial. Ethics officers verify AI design, development, and implementation remains fair, transparent, and indiscriminate every step of the way. So for example, an ethics officer may be responsible for analysing discrimination within AI-enabled hiring. Past studies have found an anti-Black bias in recruiting algorithms, for instance. AI ethicists can detect such issues early on, and work with businesses to resolve them and keep harm to a minimum.

Like most AI jobs, this role is highly-paid and within the realm of between €70,000 to €95,000 per year on average. To become an AI ethics officer, you’ll need a strong background in computer science (or a similar field), which includes knowledge of AI systems and algorithms. On top of that, you’ll also need to be ethically minded. That means having a background in philosophy or social sciences, which allows you to comprehend ethical theories and frameworks involving AI, and how they impact society.  

Prompt engineer 

As generative AI is only as good as the prompts you give it, prompt engineering is another emerging field that basically helps humans get the most out of the technology. Prompt engineering is also a skill that pays well, with the average salary around €300,000 a year. The job involves crafting prompts (or instructions) that can be understood by large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT and Claude, so they generate the most accurate and desired responses. Prompt engineers are typically tasked with developing, testing, and improving upon prompts for things like emails, white papers, or blog posts, so AI provides answers with the correct information, length, structure, and tone in line with business goals.   

The best part? You don’t necessarily need a background in tech to become a prompt engineer. People from all sorts of backgrounds can do well in this role — as long as they have a solid understanding of AI, machine learning, and natural language processing. Strong written and spoken communication skills are also desired. Prompt engineers typically work with various AI systems as well as human teams, and therefore need to be able to clearly communicate and understand project requirements and goals. 

AI engineer 

AI engineers use AI and machine learning techniques to devise, programme, and train complex AI systems and algorithms, basically so they work just like the human brain. This role is in high demand across Europe. In fact, LinkedIn’s 2024 Jobs on the Rise report ranked AI engineer as the second fastest growing job in Italy, and the third fastest growing job in Switzerland. The average AI engineer salary in Europe is also around €88,322. Ideally, to be in with a shot when applying for this position, you’ll need to be experienced in data science, data engineering, and software development. In Switzerland, for example, successful AI engineer applicants had at least three years of prior experience on average, while just under two years experience was the norm in Italy.

AI is here to stay, and a host of new and exciting jobs are opening up across Europe as a result. With the recent passing of the EU Artificial Intelligence Act, there’s never been a better time to enter this young but growing industry, and start building a rewarding and high-paying career.

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