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Demand for artificial intelligence experts is surging as the economy opens up and companies expand their use of the technology to enhance the customer experience, increase sales and improve operations.

There were 37,000 AI job postings in the first quarter of this year, up more than 45% from the fourth quarter of 2020, according to IT trade group CompTIA, which analyzes employer job-posting data. Among the most sought-after AI professionals: data scientists and machine-learning developers and engineers.