Where Are the Most Machine Learning Jobs in 2018? | Opinion

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They’re everywhere.

USA has been the leader in machine learning, and in tech hubs like Silicon Valley it seems like every company has data scientists employed. The trend has spread to the rest of the country, and there are no indications that any of this is slowing down.

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SoftBank Corp's human-like robot named "Pepper" gives a coffee cup to a TV personality Kyoko Uchida as they introduce Nestle's coffee machines during a promotion event at an electronics shop in Tokyo December 1, 2014. Nestle SA started to use robots to help sell its coffee makers at electronics stores across Japan, becoming the first corporate customer for the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank Corp. The waist-high robot, developed by a French company and manufactured in Taiwan, was touted by Japan's SoftBank as capable of learning and expressing human emotions, and of serving as a companion or guide in a country that faces chronic labour shortages. The maker of Nescafe coffee and KitKat chocolate bars plans to have the robots working at 1,000 stores by the end of next year, a Nestle official said. REUTERS/Issei Kato REUTERS/Issei Kato

Europe has been lagging behind in industry adoption, but is catching up in a big way. 2017 was a huge year for machine learning, as we experienced an explosion of new jobs, and 2018 is looking to be even better.

Russia has an abundance of software talent and is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with in the world of machine learning. Putin recently announced his intentions to make Russia an AI superpower.

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India has the largest IT consulting industry in the world, and machine learning has become a central service offered by every consulting company.

China recently announced their intention to become the world leader in AI, and is investing gargantuan sums of money in order to make this happen. The world’s two largest AI startups are both Chinese, yet I had never heard of them. That tells you something about the scope.

Japan has long been the world leader in electronics and is now building its robotics industry. Central to this is machine learning and AI, with an explosion of new jobs in the making.

I’m less familiar with other parts of the world. I expect South Korea and Taiwan to be similar to Japan while the Australian job market is probably more similar to that of Europe. I also expect machine learning jobs to be less prevalent in developing countries. I assume the African continent is lagging behind, although I know South Africa has a thriving industry.

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