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What is the career path, or are their necessary degrees (BA,MS, other), to working in the fields of machine learning and deep learning?

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Cameron’s Answer

Machine learning is very closely related to Computer Science degrees, which would be what I suggest. However, many colleges have been adding Data Science degrees which are very similar to CS, but more focused on the data and trend side of things.

I think both degrees (BS) would open up opportunities in ML and deep learning.

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Hui Jun’s Answer

Machine learning and deep learning are topics that fall under the larger umbrella topic of computer science. The main professions who deal with both topics are Software Engineers (a superset of more specialized roles like ML Engineer and Data Engineer) and Data Scientists. Both roles typically minimally require a Degree in Computer Science, Statistics or Math.

However if you were to do a search, you will find that most job offerings prefer people with higher degrees, usually PhDs and sometimes a Masters degree. The reason for this is that machine learning is considered to be cutting edge and roles involving machine learning and deep learning typically requires some amount of research. The higher degree programs have a greater emphasis on research and higher degrees in Computer Science often focus on machine learning and deep learning in particular in recent years. Sometimes, firms also hire people with higher degrees in Math or Statistics if they know how to program as machine learning is math at its core.

So if you're interested in becoming a Software Engineer or Data Scientist, I strongly recommend studying Computer Science in college and pursuing a PhD in Computer Science. In recent years, there have been new Data Science or analytics related degree programs popping up. However based on my knowledge, these programs are often not technical enough in nature and do not add enough knowledge for people aspiring to be heavily involved in machine learning and data science. I might be wrong with how fast things are changing but they appear to be more suited for data analysts and business folks wanting to be more data literate.

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Isha’s Answer

Well Christopher , if you are interested in machine learning you have a great choice. As these technologies would stay for long in market. All you need is to focus on what you'll earn and hard work.

Machine learning technology is evolved from Artificial Intelligence. Machine learning is a separate
technology that basically mimics data into human learning. It helps in increasing the business values brands
like Amazon, facebook, and Flipkart.

Almost nowadays bigger and smaller businesses are applying machine learning to their data for getting maximum profit to them.
Now the question comes if you just wanted to start with graduation BA. There are many universities which are providing a graduate course to start with these technologies very early. Like you need to have a good understanding of statics, mathematics, a programming language which is again is not much complicated. Python and R are the most preferred languages which don't require any prior knowledge with programming.

So if you are already a graduate BA you can take on certification courses in machine learning as many online certification academies like Coursera, Simplilearn is providing classes and take an exam. You can enter the field of machine learning with that certificate which is accepted in almost every country.

Good luck with your career.

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Rebecca’s Answer

Your best bet would be to follow the advice above; either get a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or, if you already have a bachelor's degree, research certificate programs. Rutgers University is running a virtual "boot camp" in Data Science (see link below), and you have other options (referenced in the previous message).


Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Research CS degrees or online certification programs.