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AI Is Changing How Developers Work — and How Companies Hire Skills

Written By HackerRank | April 24, 2023

Are you ready for the AI revolution in coding and software development? Our new Developer Skills: AI report reveals key insights that every developer and tech hiring team should know.

The AI revolution is changing the very nature of what it means to be a developer. Our survey of more than 42,000 global developers in February and March 2023 showed that 82% of developers believe AI will redefine the future of coding. Furthermore, 75% are already adjusting their skills to keep up with this game-changing shift. With such a significant impact on the industry, it’s crucial for both developers and companies to understand these changes and adapt accordingly.

“We’ve entered an AI revolution that is poised to change the very nature of what it means to be a developer and write code,” said Vivek Ravisankar, co-founder and CEO at HackerRank. “I see the result of this revolution as faster innovation than ever before, the democratization of development, and expanded opportunities for developer creativity. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

AI Is Already Being Used to Augment Coding Tasks

75% of developers will be adjusting their skills in response to AI.

The report found that developers and employers alike are racing to embrace artificial intelligence in the workplace. Access to AI assistants will transform key elements of development work—automating many repetitive or tedious tasks and creating space for more abstract thinking and creative problem-solving.

“AI is set to become a key part of developer workflows, with the rise of AI assistants like GitHub Copilot and all-purpose tools such as ChatGPT,” said Ankit Arya, Principal Product Manager, AI at HackerRank. “Personally, I use ChatGPT for retrieving information or code snippets while coding, and I find it way more efficient than traditional search engines. AI’s potential lies in augmenting developers’ skills rather than replacing them.”

On the Hiring Front, an Uptick in Demand for AI Skill Sets

Coding tests with AI-related questions jumped 81% after ChatGPT launched.

Employers, too, must prepare for this AI revolution. They face pressure to find, hire, and nurture teams with the technical skills required to capitalize on new innovation and business opportunities driven by AI advancements. We have seen an 81% increase in the creation of new assessments with AI-related questions on our platform since ChatGPT’s public launch in November 2022, signaling a growing interest in hiring for AI-centered skill sets.

Our report also revealed a gap between the AI skills companies need and the skills they’re currently testing for. Our analysis of nearly 1,000 job descriptions revealed that the most in-demand skills for AI-related roles are machine learning, Python, PyTorch, TensorFlow, deep learning, and AWS. However, companies continue to test for more general and conceptual topics, like problem solving and statistics.

To remain competitive, developers need to adapt their skills, and companies need to refine their hiring practices. With the AI revolution already underway, it’s more important than ever to stay informed and embrace the changes it brings.

Don’t miss the chance to stay ahead of the curve—download the Developer Skills: AI report now and get the insights you need to navigate the AI-driven future of coding and software development.

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