AI is creating new jobs
Looking at new AI jobs with their unusual qualifications and salaries
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We keep hearing that AI could replace some jobs, but let’s talk about some of the new opportunities it’s already creating. New technologies always have new needs, which create new jobs.
Today, I want to break down 2 new job opportunities that (probably) didn’t exist last year. I’m not covering the AI jobs that have existed for years (like ML researchers or engineers) but rather focusing on new roles that could become common in the near future.
I hope this will help you:
Learn what skills are in demand
Hire the right talent for your team or company
Decide what to study or seek additional specialization in
For each job, we’ll look at:
💡 Note: Today’s article covers 2 jobs at the biggest AI startups in Silicon Valley, so keep that in mind when the salary ranges make your jaw drop.
Okay, let’s get into it!
#1: Prompt Engineer & Librarian @ Anthropic
Anthropic is the startup behind ChatGPT’s competitor, Claude.
The company’s hiring a Prompt Engineer & Librarian.
Discover, test, and document best practices for a wide range of tasks relevant to our customers.
Build up a library of high-quality prompts or prompt chains to accomplish a variety of tasks, with an easy guide to help users search for the one that meets their needs.
Build a set of tutorials and interactive tools that teach the art of prompt engineering to our customers.
Work with large enterprise customers on their prompting strategies.
Since this is a new type of job, the qualifications are pretty vague (you can read the rest on the job posting):
Have 3-5 years of relevant or transferrable experience.
Have at least a high level familiarity with the architecture and operation of large language models.
Are an excellent communicator, and love teaching technical concepts and creating high-quality documentation that helps out others.
Have a creative hacker spirit and love solving puzzles.
Have a firm grasp of programming in Python and experience with data structures/algorithms.
The salary range for this job is between $250,000-$375,000 USD (🤯).
Prompt engineering has quickly become an in-demand skill because it saves people time and increases the quality of outputs from AI generators, whether you’re trying to get ChatGPT to write a marketing plan or Midjourney to create your next masterpiece.
The biggest design flaw in AI tools is that people are given a blank box to type anything they want in it. The blank page can be intimidating and many of us end up googling prompts that we can use for specific purposes. My best-performing content on social media has been anything with prompt engineering advice in it.
Hiring a prompt engineer could mean that Anthropic is looking to move from general-purpose chatbots like Claude to more task-specific tools for defined use cases. Or they’re finally creating a much-needed “instruction manual” to help people get the most out of Claude instead of making them rely on trial and error.
#2: Senior AI Product Counsel @ OpenAI
OpenAI, creator of ChatGPT, is hiring a Senior AI Product Counsel.
Serve as an integral part of the business teams that you support to help launch and continually improve AI products and services.
Identify and address product, regulatory, privacy, and other legal risks and mitigations.
Develop global strategies for handling legal issues in creative ways and build processes for scaling flexible solutions that address risk.
Become an expert in AI legal matters and propose and advance AI legal policy positions.
Have 10+ years of experience with a mix of in-house and technology-focused law firm roles.
Understand the letter of the law and can approach problems in a practical, principled approach.
Build cross-functional relationships and communication styles that resonate with teams to balance risk-taking with responsible development.
Have a strong sense of ownership and leadership, are inquisitive and enthusiastic about technology, enjoy being continually challenged, and can demonstrate sound judgment in ambiguous situations.
Have a JD and license or qualification to practice in CA.
The salary for this role is listed as $300,000 USD.
My first thought was: “How does a lawyer with 10+ years of experience get paid less than a prompt engineer with less than 5 years of experience? 🤔”. Of course, both roles are at different companies so we should expect some salary discrepancies.
This role clearly highlights an emerging need at the intersection of law and AI. OpenAI and other companies have been criticized for unauthorized use of training data, web scraping, and copyright infringements. Just two days ago, they were hit with a class-action lawsuit for allegedly breaking several privacy laws.
There’s a clear need for legal counsel integrated into product development to mitigate risks while (hopefully) following safe and ethical data practices.
The future is too exciting to keep to yourself
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