As artificial intelligence reshapes our understanding of technology, the demand for talent in generative AI continues to surge across industries. Unsurprisingly, the number of cleared AI roles has skyrocketed in the national security sector. That includes over 400 federal departments seeking Chief AI Officers. So what skills are needed to build the cleared AI workforce of tomorrow? Let’s unpack the top three.  

Ethical AI Governance 

As AI increases its reach, tech experts emphasize the need to build ethical AI governance to better train AI models. Professionals skilled in ethical considerations, legal regulations, and policy development related to AI usage are in high demand. These types of roles ensure that AI systems are deployed responsibly and mitigate risks, which is paramount to security and defense. 


As AI technologies become more prevalent, cybersecurity skills are critical to the security and integrity of AI systems and data. Those with a deep understanding of threat detection and cybersecurity best practices are increasingly sought after. 

Cloud Computing 

Knowledge of cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud is essential for AI professionals. Skills in deploying AI models on cloud infrastructure, managing data pipelines, and leveraging cloud-based AI services are in high demand. 

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or are looking to upskill for the AI era, these key skills are increasingly sought after. Computer vision, quantum computing, and a knowledge of programming languages are also in demand. 

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Phoebe Wells is the Public Relations & Partnerships Marketing Manager at ClearanceJobs and loves every aspect of her role. Creating content and working with the CJ team to connect cleared candidates with employers is incredibly rewarding, as the work ClearanceJobs does ultimately supports the mission of the U.S. As the daughter of a veteran and former cleared worker, she knows the sacrifices security and defense professionals make. She is honored to assist them in leveling up their careers. Plus, she gets to work from home in the Adirondack Mountains with her partner and two huskies!