Want to Build A Career In AI? Here Are The Five Skills You Need

by | Jan 12, 2023

Data and AI for India, artificial intelligence, AI career

Industries and processes across the globe are embracing new technologies to increase efficiency and deliver faster and accurate outcomes. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have recently taken the world by storm with their advancements in delivering impactful and insightful results. Here are some skills you need to develop for a successful AI career.

By Lakshmi Mittra, SVP and Head – Clover Academy

Today, the recruitment sites are swarmed with AI-based jobs. Organizations across the world are looking for skilled resources in AI to help them to accelerate data analytics, research, and intelligence in operations.

From robots serving food to self-driving cars to home listening devices, AI can be witnessed in our day-to-day lives. Artificial intelligence is a broader concept which deals in embedding human intelligence to machines. It enables machines to think, process, learn, and correct themselves without any human intervention. The key rationale behind the employment of artificial intelligence is to enable machines or systems to act by itself without repeated programmer coding.

AI capabilities are in high demand across industries – gaming, robotics, speech recognition, and search engines, listening tech, etc. To make an aspiring career in AI in 2023, one must have an in-depth knowledge of data science & statistics, and certain basic knowledge of data processing & software engineering.

Here are the 5 skills that are must-haves to make an aspiring career in AI.

1. Data engineering

Data is at the root of any AI and ML process. The first step in AI/ML development is pre-processing and storing raw data generated by integrated systems. For example, a multiplayer online game will have millions of permutations to the way it’s played by players. This creates a lot of data at each stage of the game. All this data is then sent to the AI engines to perform ETL (Extract, Transform, Load), massage the data, structure it and apply intelligence to create desired patterns and results.

One must know ETL process, understand data warehouses, and learn the basics of Object storage platforms.

2. Programming languages

Learn some of the programming languages that are used in ML processes. The most common ones that are being used widely across organizations are Python, C++, JavaScript, R, TypeScript, C#, Julia, Shell, and Scala. It is important to know the basics of these languages, and taking courses and getting certified in one of those will increase your chances of getting recruited.

While Python is the most common language among machine learning repositories such as GitHub, Scala is growing in trend, especially while interacting with big data frameworks.

3. Calculus, Statistics & Linear Algebra (Mathematics)

Have an in-depth understanding of mathematical concepts of linear algebra, calculus, and statistics. One must know concepts such as Matrices, Vectors, and Matrix Multiplication. Furthermore, understanding differential equations or derivatives, and integrals is imperative to understand basic ML concepts such as gradient descent, etc.

Learning probability theory for algorithms such as Naive Bayes, Gaussian Mixture Models, and Hidden Markov Models are all necessary to create AI models. One must also learn statistical concepts such as mean, standard deviation, and gaussian distributions and understand where and how they are being used in AI.

4. Neural Network Architectures

AI & ML are capable of computing large volumes of data in seconds. These require neural networks in order to perform complex tasks and algorithms faster. Neural networks help in identifying problems in areas such as speech recognition, image identification, permutations, translation, predictions, etc. Learning the basics of neural networks might be useful to enhance your chances of selection. Common tools to learn neural engines and networks are Python, R, SAS, Tableau, etc.

5. Signal Processing Techniques

Signal processing is a vital process in feature extraction while working with data sets that include images, audio, and videos. Signal processing is an electrical engineering subfield that focuses on analysing, modifying, and synthesizing signals, such as sound, images, and scientific measurements.

Understanding of signal processing techniques and tools will help you to build a technical resume. The most common techniques used widely in signal processing are Time-frequency Analysis and Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms such as Wavelets, Shearlets, Curvelets, and Bandlets. A profound theoretical and practical knowledge of these will help you to solve complex problems in AI/ML.

See also: Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch Out For in 2023

Final Thoughts

The demand for AI skills is increasing each day. Technology fuelled by digital transformation is creating millions of jobs in AI every year. Those who utilize AI skills effectively will be in high demand and will find jobs in varied industries. Upskilling in some of these areas using online/ offline courses from reputed organizations will create a robust foundation and will help in finding the perfect job that matches the skills. By developing your skills in AI and ML, you will be well-positioned for a successful career in AI in 2023.

This is a contributed/authored article. Digital Creed did not verify any of the assertions made by the contributing author.

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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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