These states show the greatest interest in AI, from Google job searches to businesses that are eager to adopt AI.

Rob Spiegel

February 28, 2024

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At a Glance

  • AI jobs
  • Businesses planning to adopt AI

Interest in artificial intelligence has continued to expand since ChatGPT exploded on the scene in December of 2022. Go to any technology trade show or conference, it’s the number one conversation. Whether people are decrying it or praising it, they’re talking it up and down. Enterprise software company, SAP, decided to dig in and see where AI is gaining purchase.

So SAP commissioned a study that identified the US states with the most interested in AI jobs. The study also took into consideration the willingness of businesses within these states to adopt AI technologies.

The study looked at Google search data for terms such as artificial intelligence careers, AI internship, and machine learning jobs to gauge public interest in AI-related careers. They then used data from The Business Trends and Outlook Survey, which surveys businesses in each state on their economic measures and expectations for future conditions, including AI usage, to determine how ready companies in each state are for AI adoption.

A full methodology can be found here.

The study reveals a robust interest in AI across the US, with significant variations in how states and their businesses plan to embrace these technologies. The findings reveal the need for a strategic approach to AI education and implementation, ensuring that the workforce's interest in AI translates into meaningful adoption within the business sector, ultimately driving innovation and economic growth across diverse industries.

Of the ten states most interested in AI jobs, six have a high number of businesses planning to implement AI with machine learning, natural language processing, virtual agents, or voice recognition in their plans for the next six months.

Check out the slides to see the ranking of the top 10 states for AI.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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