Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Career Paths & Jobs

The career path for machine learning requires technical skills such as math, algorithms, data analysis, knowledge of programming languages and computer science, as well as non-technical skills such as communication and critical thinking. With a curriculum centered around the field’s fundamental mathematics and concepts, Drexel CCI's Master's in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning program provides students with the skills they need to thrive in a wide range of artificial intelligence career paths. Students entering the AI and Machine Learning master's program should have a four-year bachelor's degree or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in computer science, software engineering or a related STEM degree plus work experience equal to Drexel CCI's Certificate in Computer Science.

What Career Can You Have with an MS in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Degree?

Almost every industry today relies on technology to operate and thrive, which is why artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are becoming more and more integral to helping businesses make smarter and faster decisions and products.

  • According to PayScale, the average salary for individuals who hold a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is $102,000 per year.
  • Forbes recently noted that artificial intelligence jobs rose more than 29 percent from 2018 to 2019, with Machine Learning and Deep Learning Engineers among the most popular job positions listed
  • The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) predicts that artificial intelligence has the potential to contribute around $13 trillion to the global economy by 2030, boosting global GDP by about 1.2 percent a year
  • Analytics Insight estimates that the AI industry, led by machine learning, is expected to grow from $18.8 billion in 2019 to $80.3 billion in 2023, with North America leading the worldwide market

Students who graduate from Drexel’s MS in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning program go on to pursue a diverse and rewarding range of careers in the AI & ML field, including:

Artificial Intelligence Specialist/Developer

Artificial intelligence specialists or developers utilize computer science and software engineering concepts to design and deploy autonomous software and systems. The average annual pay for an artificial intelligence specialist is $114,000, according to Glassdoor.

Machine Learning Engineer

Also known as deep learning engineers, machine learning engineers specialize in designing and programming machines and software to perform autonomous tasks to benefit a product or service. According to Forbes, the average annual earning for a machine learning engineer was $142,858 in 2019.

Data Science Specialist

A data science specialist with a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning designs and deploys small- to large-scale infrastructure and data science platforms to help solve data & prediction problems in a variety of industries. A data science specialist can expect to earn approximately $113,300 per year, according to Glassdoor.

Machine Learning Researcher

Machine learning researchers design, analyze and test new models to help solve research problems and improve business applications and operations. According to Glassdoor, the base salary for a machine learning researcher averages at around $114,120 per year.

Machine Learning Specialist

Machine learning specialists help to solve business challenges by developing and applying algorithms and devices which can learn from data and adapt to help businesses make better decisions and predictions. According to Glassdoor, the average base pay for a machine learning specialist is approximately $54,000 per year up to $78,000 per year.

Why Choose Drexel CCI’s Graduate Program for a Career in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning?

Through an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum with a dual degree option, real-world datasets, state-of-the-art equipment, and cutting-edge research technology, the Drexel Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning challenges students to respond to the growing demand for intelligent software and devices in one of today’s fastest-growing industries.

With a world-class faculty and market-responsive curriculum, Drexel CCI's MS in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning serves as a foundation to a successful career in a variety of artificial intelligence career paths. Offered online and on campus, this master's program features flexible course scheduling to fit your busy lifestyle while helping you to reach your goal of a career in artificial intelligence. Our graduate programs are rooted in Drexel University's commitment to experiential learning, which provides students with hands-on, collaborative projects informed by industry and societal challenges.

The knowledge and skills gained while studying a Master's in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Drexel provides an important foundation to computer science artificial intelligence careers. AI and Machine Learning graduate students also benefit from networking events through CCI's Corporate Partners Program, as well as career counseling and job search services through Drexel's Steinbright Career Development Center.

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