Of the professionals surveyed, 64% said they expect their professional skills to be "more highly prized" over the next five years. Twenty-four percent of those respondents see that positive change occurring in the next 18 months while 40% see it happening between 18 months and five years from now.
On the other hand, when asked how likely AI was to cause the demise of their profession with their skills no longer being in demand, 66% said that they did not expect that change to happen.
The respondents likely feel like their skills will increase in demand because, despite AI's advanced capabilities, there are human attributes that AI will likely never be able to do as well as a human, such as people skills, higher level analysis, and thinking outside of the box.
When asked what aspects of AI the professionals fear the most, the biggest fear wasn't job loss (19%) but actually compromised accuracy (25%).
The fear stems from people using AI, such as chat tools, for research and taking the results at face value, not realizing the inaccuracy of the results, which could spread misinformation.
Lastly, 68% of the respondents reported anticipating an increase in work done by those without traditional qualifications.
Furthermore, two-thirds of respondents believe that AI will prompt the creation of new career paths. The report uses the example of tasks shifting from a JD or CPA to an employee with professional licensure, such as a paralegal or junior professional that can leverage AI tools.