Artificial intelligence is becoming crucial for businesses that want to compete and survive.

In fact, if you’re not using AI in 2021 , there’s a good chance you won’t be in business in 2022. This places a high demand for AI professionals.

This post from Dataconomy provides a list of resource to get started in AI development.

When you look at AI and machine learning, it’s clear that you will need a solid background in mathematics. In particular, a clear understanding of linear algebra and calculus is a must. Besides, probability, statistics, and algorithms will all come into play.

There are many courses available on sites like the edX platform and Coursera. In particular, these resources will help you to learn the fundamentals in preparation for AI development:

Udacity highlights the top 8 skills needed to be a data scientist.

Back in 2016, Glassdoor declared that being a Data Scientist was the best job in America.

Four years later, the world of big data has evolved rapidly, and the role of Data Scientist is still a top job. It’s currently ranked as the number three job for 2020 by Glassdoor, and it’s only surpassed by Java Developer and Front End Engineer.

What is it about being a Data Scientist that makes it so appealing, and what skills does someone looking to get into this field need to have?

Let’s take a look.

Udemy published an article on Wednesday outlining the key findings of its 2021 Workplace Learning Trends Report.

The report detailed training courses that have seen a surge in demand on Udemy for Business, the company’s online learning platform.

The company also analyzed organizational “learning behaviors” to identify six trends Udemy believes will “define the workplace in 2021.”

“While much of this year has been uncertain, one thing has become undoubtedly clear,” said Shelley Osborne, VP of learning at Udemy, via email. “The future of work many of us have been talking about is no longer an eventuality — it’s our current reality. Around the world and across industries, organizations are fundamentally rethinking every aspect of how we work. As we look ahead to what the workplace will look like in 2021 and beyond, our recent report shows that continued upskilling and learning agility will be required to keep pace with our ‘new normal.'”

Data scientists with the right combination of skills are in high demand.

But what are hiring teams on the lookout for?

As with many roles, both technical expertise and soft skills are important. As data scientist Vin Vashishta writes, data science without soft skills has “limited value to the business”.

An increasingly diverse skillset is proving essential to data science and its future. “Very non-typical skillsets” are getting more attention, says head of data science at Aon’s Centre for Innovation and Analytics (ACIA) Jennifer Cruise.

“These skills are drawn from across mathematics, statistics and computer science, but you don’t have to be a mathematician or a computer programmer to pursue careers in data science, artificial intelligence or any of the other STEM areas.”

This video features Scott Hunter who is the PM director for the .NET team.

We chat about the challenges that come with growing your scope, applying the lessons learned in startups and consulting to large corporations, and his early days working on BBS (bulletin board systems) for fun lead to meeting the people he’d need to know to grow his career.

Chapters:

  • 00:39 – Meet Scott Hunter, Director of Program Management for .NET
  • 01:46 – What does a director of program management do day to day?
  • 05:26 – How did Scott managed his transition to director of all of .NET from his previous role?
  • 08:41 – How did Scott get the role? Taking initiative to find the right place.
  • 12:31 – Growing scope and managing perceived identities, from ASP.NET to just .NET
  • 17:31 – Why team cultures differ and don’t align even when they ship in the same product
  • 19:14 – How did Scott learn and build the skills to make these transitions? Practicing integration in early startup days,
  • consulting.
  • 22:47 – Most important lesson from previous managers: Don’t surround yourself with people like yourself and building a team with diverse opinions
  • 25:13 – Deciding between going with a new project or continuing along on a journey not complete.  
  • 28:00 – Accidentally attending Microsoft’s conference and joining Microsoft
  • 31:55 – Moving from dev to PM and learning communication skills
  • 33:45 – Becoming a manager and intentionally stopping himself from coding
  • 37:20 – How did Scott into computers? Typing programs into the Commodore PET he stole from his dad.
  • 38:35 – Scott’s history of working on Wildcat BBS to avoid forklift driving
  • 41:52 – Turbo Pascal and hanging at Anders Hejlsberg’s house and serendipity
  • 43:58 – Failing his first Microsoft interview, knowing what you want.
  • 45:36 – Trust your internal sense of when to act fast

The pandemic has changed the world and the tech industry job market along with it.

Here’s an overview of the jobs that are thriving and the jobs that are waning in light of the pandemic.

Takeaway: Many tech careers are still in demand, even though the pandemic has wiped out millions of jobs across the board. Learn how to transition into these lucrative positions. The information technology (IT) industry led the 21 st century in job demand and often hovered around the top in […]

While jobs may be few and far between amid the ongoing economic downturn, some companies have leveled up their hiring to fill various positions in emerging technologies.

Top of this list is computer vision, which has emerged as one of the most promising technologies today.

Triggered by newer applications amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the potential of this technology has expanded within a very short space of time. This has given rise to numerous virtual conferences in recent times that explore the depth and breadth of this technology. To be held on August 13 and 14, Computer Vision DEVCON is one such conference that brings together practitioners and enthusiasts of computer vision on one platform.

As AI adoption increases across industries, new job roles are being created to actualize this technology. A

report by Indeed indicates that AI and ML related jobs increased almost a hundredfold between 2015 and 2018.

Other newer roles will certainly come up in the future as the field grows and matures.

Here’s a great compilation of resources to help you get started in this field.

You are probably already using AI without even knowing it! You must have scrolled through the recommended products while shopping from any online shopping site, or used Google, Alexa, or Siri voice assistants, or in fact, watched a suggested movie on Netflix. As such, you are already part of […]