How AI can help you choose your next career and stay ahead of automation

Typical Australians will change careers 5-7 times According to some estimates, during their professional life. And this could increase as new technologies automate labor, move production abroad, and the economic crisis strikes.

Losing work isn’t a new phenomenon – have you seen an elevator operator lately? – However, the pace of change is accelerating and can unemploy and unemploy a large number of workers.

New technologies also create new jobs, but the skills they need do not always match old jobs. To successfully move between jobs, you need to make the most of your current skills to acquire new skills, but if the gap between your old and new skills is too large, these transitions can fail. there is.

By using machine learning to analyze over 8 million online classified ads to see what moves are likely to succeed, we have built a system that encourages career transitions.Detail is Release At PLOS ONE.

Our system begins by measuring the similarity between the skills required for each profession. For example, an accountant can be a financial analyst because of the similar skills required, but a speech therapist may find it difficult to be a financial analyst because of a completely different skill set. ..

Next, we looked at a large set of real-world carrier transitions to see in which direction these transitions usually go. Accountants are more likely to be financial analysts than vice versa.

Finally, our system recommends career changes that are likely to be successful and teaches you the skills needed to make them work.

Measure occupational similarity

Our system uses indicators that economists call “apparently comparative advantage” (RCA) to use 2018 online classified ads to identify how important individual skills are to the job. increase. The map below visualizes the similarity of the top 500 skills. Each marker represents an individual skill, colored according to one of 13 clusters of very similar skills.