The type of critical skills needed is changing rapidly due to generative AI. The ability to incorporate AI into a worker’s skill set has become paramount in today’s job market. (Source: IBM)

More Jobs Require Relearning as AI Takes Over Certain Tasks

The headline from says it all: 40% of all workers will have to reskill in the next three years due to AI. 

That seems like a large number of employees in a small amount of time, affecting many working-class people. With the advent of ChatGPT and other generative AI, the workplace is changing at a remarkable rate. It has long been forecast that robots and computers will replace humans in the workplace, but as of 2023, it hasn’t happened on a large scale. Some professions are adding jobs due to AI.

Generative AI models like ChatGPT can do many technical tasks, such as writing and coding so well that many people fear that the technology will replace their jobs. A new IBM study shows that people shouldn’t fear the technology, but rather leverage it for their gain.

Learn It Or Lose It

IBM used data from two prior studies, one survey of 3,000 C-level executives across 28 countries and another of 21,000 workers in 22 nations. The findings predicted a broad impact. Executives who were surveyed estimated that 40% of their workforce will have to reskill in the next three years due to AI implementation, totaling up to 1.4 billion of the 3.4 billion people in the global workforce, according to World Bank statistics.

However, 87% of those executives expect generative AI to augment roles rather than replace them

“AI won’t replace people—but people who use AI will replace people who don’t,” said IBM in the report.

People skills such as communication, team management, and the ability to prompt the generative AI that your company is using are all in demand across the board of prospective employers.