Artificial intelligence (AI) graduates have become the most in-demand talent in China as the central government ramps up efforts to ready its workforce for a technology-driven economy, said Chinese online recruitment platform BossZhipin in a report.

Image recognition engineer positions topped the list of the most in-demand jobs, growing 111% from the previous year, according to the report. Jobs in medical research and development and gaming operations followed, growing more than 88% and 84% year-on-year, respectively. In total, six out of 15 of the most in-demand jobs were AI-related, including voice recognition, image processing, and recommendation algorithm roles.

In 2019, Chinese tech companies are looking to apply AI to real economy sectors, BossZhipin said in the report, which draws on data collected from Feb. 9 to Mar. 2. The results include data from BossZhipin’s platform, surveys of the platform’s users, and publicly available information. An internal team conducted the analysis, which was limited by some of the platform’s features, according to the report. It did not specify the limitations.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen