Computer science and software development jobs have always been seen as secure career choices. However, with the rise of AI tools, there have been some questions about whether this will remain the case or if we are heading for a ‘no code’ future – or, at least, a future where the coding itself is handled by machines.
Indeed, AI is set to have a democratising effect on coding, making creating software easier, quicker, and open to more people. And although the technology is still developing, AI is increasingly acting as a helpful assistant for professional software developers too.
The potential benefits for quality and productivity are enormous. One survey found that 92% of coders are already using AI tools, with 70% saying these tools are helping them do better work. But many of those in professional software engineering roles, just under half, are anxious or somewhat uneasy about how AI will change their jobs, with a similar number concerned that the skills they currently use as a software engineer will rapidly become obsolete.
And yet, there is a well-documented shortage of software developers and engineers. For some businesses, this has accelerated trends towards low code or no code tools to address the longstanding skills gap.
So, what does the future of software development look like in the age of AI?
In this webinar, as part of techUK’s Exploring the Future of Work series, our panel will discuss how the roles of software developers are changing now, and how they might evolve in an AI-enabled future.
They will explore what this means for the skills that software developers will need, the role software professionals will play in driving AI-enabled innovations, and how the UK can ensure it has the pipeline of well-equipped software professionals it needs to fully leverage transformational technologies like AI.