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. For individuals looking for a career change to AI and Machine Learning without a related background, CCI recommends taking our AI & ML Graduate Certificate program to jumpstart your career.

Is a Masters in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Worth It?

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. A Master's in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can help you transition to an exciting machine learning artificial intelligence career, a rapidly growing and in-demand field in today's economy. Earning a master's in AI is also a worthwhile investment for seasoned tech professionals who are interested in advancing their artificial intelligence career paths through leadership or executive roles in their company or industry.

  • According to PayScale, the average salary for individuals who hold a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is $102,000 per year, while the average salary for individuals who hold a Bachelor's in Computer Science is $89,953 per year.
  • LinkedIn named artificial intelligence practitioners, including jobs such as Machine Learning Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Specialist and Machine Learning Researcher, as one of the top 15 jobs on the rise in 2021
  • 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

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

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 Indeed, the average base salary for a machine learning engineer is $151,373 in 2021.

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 ZipRecruiter, the average annual pay for a machine learning specialist is approximately $111,295 per year.

The Machine Learning & AI Career Landscape

The artificial intelligence field and its subset field of machine learning are experiencing unprecedented growth as companies are increasingly relying on smart technology to help make operations, customer service, production and/or distribution more efficient. AI and machine learning technology helps companies representing a variety of different industries to better track data trends and make predictions, as well as automate otherwise time-consuming and/or complicated processes. Market research firm Global Market Insights, Inc. estimates that the market valuation for AI in retail will cross $20 billion by 2027, and expects that the widespread functional benefits of AI along with advanced analytics and machine learning will significantly contribute to market growth. Professionals who are pursuing a machine learning artificial intelligence career will be progressively in demand as companies adopt AI and machine learning innovations in the coming decade.

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 AI ML 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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