SEO Jobs in the Age of AI

As a marketing professional and CEO of an agency, I have witnessed the profound changes the SEO industry has undergone, especially with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). These changes have impacted not only SEO strategies but also the job market for SEO professionals. In 2024, it is essential to understand these shifts, their implications, and how SEO professionals can stay relevant.

According to data from and SourceStack, SEO job listings have declined by 37% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023. This downturn has raised concerns about the stability of SEO careers. Several trends have emerged from the data:

  1. Shift in Hiring Patterns:
    • Senior-Level Positions: There is a slight increase (+3%) in the hiring of senior-level SEO professionals.
    • Entry-Level Positions: Entry-level roles have also seen a minor increase (+1%).
    • Mid-Level Positions: Mid-level positions have been the most affected, with a 6% decline.
    • Contract Roles: There is a growing preference for contract roles, which increased by 1%.
  2. Geographic Trends:
    • United States: SEO job listings in the US showed an upward trend month-over-month in Q1 of 2024 but were still down compared to Q4 of 2023.
    • International Markets: Similar trends were observed outside the US, with countries like Germany, the UK, India, France, and the Philippines leading in job postings.
  3. Remote Work: There has been a resurgence in remote SEO roles, especially in the early quarters of 2024, reflecting a shift towards more flexible work arrangements.
  4. Salary Transparency: The SEO industry struggles with salary transparency, with only 18% of listings providing any salary information. This is expected to change gradually due to new legal requirements in some US states.

The Role of AI in Shaping SEO Careers

AI’s integration into SEO has transformed many traditional SEO tasks, leading to job market disruptions. Here are some key impacts:

  1. Automation of Basic Tasks: AI tools now handle tasks such as mapping redirects and writing metadata, which were traditionally performed by entry-level SEOs. This automation reduces the need for these positions.
  2. Need for Advanced Skills: SEO professionals are now required to develop higher-level skills, including critical thinking, client management, and strategic planning, earlier in their careers.
  3. Performance Pressure: The gap between SEOs who can deliver significant results and those who cannot is widening. Companies are increasingly focused on measurable outcomes, pushing SEOs to demonstrate tangible results more than ever.

Strategies for Staying Relevant

To thrive in this evolving landscape, SEO professionals must adapt and enhance their skill sets. Here are some strategies to stay relevant:

  1. Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest SEO trends and AI technologies. Enrol in advanced courses and certifications to keep your knowledge current.
  2. Develop Soft Skills: Improve your soft skills such as communication, client management, and strategic thinking. These are crucial for higher-level roles and for standing out in the job market.
  3. Embrace AI Tools: Learn how to leverage AI tools to enhance your SEO strategies. Understanding how to use these tools effectively can make you more efficient and valuable to employers.
  4. Focus on Results: Develop a results-oriented mindset. Be prepared to showcase your ability to achieve and measure significant SEO outcomes.
  5. Specialise: Consider specialising in niche areas of SEO, such as technical SEO, content strategy, or data analytics. Specialisation can make you a more attractive candidate for specific roles.


The SEO industry is far from dead; it is evolving. The introduction of AI has undoubtedly made the landscape more challenging, but it also offers new opportunities for those willing to adapt. By continuously upgrading your skills, embracing new technologies, and focusing on delivering results, you can not only stay relevant but also thrive in this dynamic field.

As Nick LeRoy from puts it, the key question is: “What makes you stand out from the hundreds of other SEOs with comparative ‘years of experience’ applying to the same job?” Answering this question effectively is crucial for your career longevity and success in the ever-evolving world of SEO.

About the author: Michael Masa

Why should you listen to me? With a rich marketing background and a passion for sharing knowledge, I have dedicated the last 9 years of my life to the field. I have worked as Marketing Director and have been instrumental in shaping the marketing strategy of one of Europe’s leading insurers, BAVARIA AG.

Prior to my current role, I spent 12 years as Sales Director, managing a team of 12 dynamic people and applying the latest sales techniques to drive success. This experience allowed me to hone my leadership skills and gain a deep understanding of the sales industry.

I am now at the helm of Dealers League, a marketing agency that not only creates and manages websites for businesses, but also focuses on the importance of effective marketing strategies. Recognising the need for continuous learning in this fast-paced industry, we offer courses on the latest marketing techniques.

My varied experience in sales and marketing gives me a unique insight into how these two crucial areas intersect. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and insights with you through this blog.

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