Prompt Engineer: How To Ride The AI Wave and Level Up Your Career

Prompt Engineer: How To Ride The AI Wave and Level Up Your Career


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Many people are worried about losing their jobs to AI, or artificial intelligence. But there are jobs within the field that are now thriving, say some experts. One job is prompt engineering (also known as in-context learning).

According to reports, prompt engineering pays six-figure salaries and doesn’t require a degree in computer engineering or even advanced coding skills. And it’s a job that is currently in demand as companies are now looking to hire “prompt engineers” who are responsible for training the new crop of AI tools to deliver more accurate and relevant responses to the questions real people are likely to pose, Time reported.

Prompt engineering involves writing text-based prompts that are fed into the back end of AI tools so they can do things such as generate a blog post or sales email with the proper tone and accurate information.

The demand for workers proficient in AI tools is seeing a dramatic surge. Data from LinkedIn, shared with Time, reveals a 36-fold increase in posts related to “generative AI” compared to the previous year.

And the salaries offered are high-Anthropic, a Google-backed AI startup, for example, recently advertised salaries up to $335,000 for a “Prompt Engineer and Librarian” in San Francisco, Time reported.

But some experts say the surge will not last.

“It’s not clear that prompt engineering is going to matter long-term because AI programs are getting better at anticipating what users need and generating prompts,” Ethan Mollick, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told Time. “We also don’t know if there’s a special skill involved for prompt engineering or if it just requires a lot of time spent with chatbots.”


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