Techies and software engineers move aside. New job avenues are being chalked out, all thanks to the rise of AI proliferating our communication and learning. In what is still be debated as being ethical at all, AI interface such as ChatGPT and Bard are necessitating a new tribe of the “face behind.” Prompt engineers, as they are now called, are people who spend their day coaxing AI to produce better results and help companies train their workforce to harness the tools.
Some media reports note that prompt engineers can draw a salary as high as $335,000 or ₹2 crores annually.
Over a dozen artificial intelligence language systems called large language models, or LLMs, have been created by companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc., OpenAI, and Meta Platforms Inc.
“It is like an AI whisperer. You’ll often find prompt engineers come from a history, philosophy, or English language background because it is all wordplay. In the end, it is about processing a search into limited number of words,” explains Albert Phelps, a prompt engineer at Mudano, part of consultancy firm Accenture in Leytonstone, England.
Phelps and his colleagues spend most of the day writing messages or “prompts” for tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, which can be saved as presets within OpenAI’s playground for clients and others to use later. A typical day in the life of a prompt engineer involves writing five different prompts, with about 50 interactions with ChatGPT, says Phelps.
Companies like Anthropic, a Google-backed startup, are advertising salaries up to $335,000 for a “Prompt Engineer and Librarian” in the Bay Area.
Automated document reviewer Klarity, also in California, is offering as much as $230,000 for a machine learning engineer who can “prompt and understand how to produce the best output” from AI tools.
Outside of the tech world, Boston Children’s Hospital and London law firm Mishcon de Reya recently advertised for prompt engineer jobs.
The best-paying roles often go to people who have PhDs in machine learning or ethics, or those who have founded AI companies. Recruiters and others say these are among the critical skills needed to be successful.
Google, TikTok and Netflix Inc. have been driving salaries higher, but the role is becoming mainstream among bigger companies thanks to the excitement around the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT-4, Google Bard, and Microsoft’s Bing AI chatbot.
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