China’s Nascent Tech Sectors Need 10M Workers by 2025, Report Says

Jobs involving artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, and esports in particular will face worker shortages in the coming years.

China will face a massive shortage of human resources in emerging job sectors in the next five years, according to a report released Thursday.

There will be a gap of 10 million people in the country’s technology industry, given innovation advancements and the talent required to fulfill emerging tasks, said the report, jointly released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and e-commerce giant Alibaba’s mobile workplace app DingTalk. The country will require nearly 1.5 million cloud computing engineers, about 5 million specialists in Internet of Things technology, and 1 million drone pilots.

“In recent years, with the widespread application of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, big data, and cloud computing in China, related high-tech industries have become a new growth point in China’s economy,” the report said. “The demand for employees has substantially increased, forming a relatively stable group of practitioners.”

The rapid growth of emerging tech sectors is seen as a major step toward China’s goal of becoming a more technologically advanced nation.

The country’s soaring progress in esports5G, and AI technology now often make headlines. Earlier this month, Beijing released an ambitious two-year plan to incorporate blockchain technology in various sectors throughout the city, aiming to become a blockchain hub by 2022.  Continue to read the full article here


– This article originally appeared on Sixth Tone.