What’s going on:
Accenture, a global professional services company, is planning to invest $3 billion in its Data & AI practice over the course of three years. The company stated in its official announcement that it will double its AI talent to 80,000 people “through hiring, acquisitions and training.”
The massive investment comes three months after the company cut 19,000 jobs, or 2.5% of its workforce, according to Chicago Business.
Part of the investment aims to help clients maximize their use of generative AI, a technology that helps produce visual content or text based on user prompts. Accenture stated that the company is currently working with several clients on generative AI projects such as helping a hotel group manage their customer queries.
Why it matters:
This large-scale investment into AI technology and resources shows how AI is influencing the workforce on a massive scale. The relatively young technology is being utilized in a growing number of fields including in human resources, financial and legal departments. AI technology and solutions have the potential to transform the way large and small businesses operate, which will most likely eliminate a wide range of jobs.
How it’ll impact the future:
The expansion of Accenture’s AI workforce will likely contribute to the evolving job market by increasing the number of professional roles requiring AI-related skills. For workers, the technological advances of AI and the increased adoption of the technology in the workforce reveals the need to adapt and acquire new skills to stay relevant in the evolving job market. According to many researchers, economists, and business leaders in the field, the future of work will increasingly rely on AI-driven solutions.
This trend shows that it is important for employees to gain AI skills as AI tools become more prevalent in the workforce.