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AI doctorates earning significantly more in China | Updated: 2018-11-21 11:07
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A new report is suggesting the Artificial Intelligence industry is becoming a more highly sought-after and prosperous profession among graduates in China, according to report.

Robots on display at the Appliance and Electronics World Expo in Hefei, Anhui province, Nov 16, 2018. [Photo/VCG]

Reporter from learned from China Hi-Tech Fair 2018 that graduates with a master's degree on artificial intelligence can earn 300,000 yuan ($43,182) per year, while graduates with doctorate had been earning as much as 500,000 yuan a year ago. But salaries are on the rise as some companies have raised yearly salaries for graduates with doctorates to as much as 800,000 yuan this year.

National high-tech companies represented over 80 percent of the China Hi-Tech Fair 2018, offering over 300 high-end job positions with yearly salaries of over 300,000 yuan.

The report suggests the current situation also indicates that the high-tech industry has become one which is receiving a lot of support from the Chinese government. In addition, experts on artificial intelligence and computer technology are being highly sought-after by various companies.

The OriHime Robot on display at the World Robot Expo, as part of the World Robot Summit, Oct 17, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. [Photo/VCG]

"It is very likely that the salaries for graduates with doctorates in artificial intelligence to be raised to 800,000 yuan, as experts in this field are in high demand in the market, both in China and abroad," said Li Shangkun, business development director of Nstarts Consultants.

A LinkedIn report on the AI sector shows that as of the first quarter of 2017, experts in AI reached 1.9 million globally, with US experts making up over 850,000, with Chinese experts accounting for around 50,000.

A researcher from the Tencent Research Institute suggests still needs at least a million more AI professionals to meet the current demand in the market.

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