The most in-demand AI skills in 2021
In 2021, almost every business wants to adopt AI. And according to a European Commission survey, their biggest obstacle is access to the right skill sets. Here’s where you come in.
As a tech professional, if you know the skills companies are looking for, you can become a candidate they can’t resist. Whether you’re looking for the best roles in data science, machine learning, or any other field of AI, read on to find out which AI skills you need to develop in 2021 and beyond.
Types of AI
There are several different types of AI you can develop skills in:
Machine learning allows systems to learn from experience automatically, without explicit programming. It uses algorithms like neural networks to solve problems.
A subset of machine learning, deep learning imitates how humans learn, and is important in data science. Examples include virtual assistants, face recognition, and vision enablement for driverless cars.
Part of the deep learning process, neural networks are created from artificial neurons and mimic the human brain. Understanding them is essential for deep learning.
Computer vision is all about training computers to “see” and accurately interpret images. Surveillance cameras are one important use of this technology.
Other skills you’ll need
If you want to work in AI, you’ll need fluency in at least some of the most sought-after programming languages: Python, R, Java and C++.
Libraries and frameworks
Coding AI relies heavily on open-source libraries and frameworks like TensorFlow, NumPy, SciPy, Scikit-learn, PyTorch and Apache Spark. You’ll need to be able to understand and use them confidently.
Continual skills development
The best AI professionals are constantly learning; a Stack Overflow survey found 75% of developers learn a new language or skill every few months to a year. You’ll need to keep up with that pace to win the best roles. Consider picking up one of the newer programming languages like Triton and Julia, or something older like GEM.
Beyond technical skills, many companies expect a good AI professional to have experience in their specific industry and understand its challenges, opportunities, and current events.
Good teamwork skills are vital in AI, especially teamwork (both within your own department and across departments), creativity and analytical thinking to solve problems, and the ability to communicate complex concepts clearly to both techies and laypeople.
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