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Highest Paying Jobs in Machine Learning

By NIIT Editorial

Published on 07/03/2021

6 minutes

You’ve probably heard a thousand times how fantabulous ML is at making computer algorithms learn for themselves. This aspect of self-supervised learning has earned it a special place amongst data-rich organizations. Yet, ML involves a collection of miscellaneous skill sets that are still hard to find in one-off professionals. This over-demand of work and under-supply of talent makes professionals with ML expertise an elusive prospect. Have a look at the skills that are expected of a run-of-the-mill ML scientist: 


  • Cognitive Science 
  • Robotics 
  • Mathematical modeling 
  • Statistics 
  • Data analysis 
  • Cloud environments  


Depending upon the employer and your profile the skills could be vastly different. Here are the leading machine learning profiles that professionals have on offer in India.



Data Scientist 


It is their job to study data and gather insights for further use by business stakeholders. The way they usually find data is quite unstructured. So a huge amount of time is invested in data engineering and getting it in shape to perform mathematical analysis. Acquire knowledge of big data tools, Hadoop, MapReduce, Pig, Hive, etc. in addition to programming languages such as Python, SQL, R, and Scala helps in landing this role. 


Machine Learning Engineer 


A key responsibility of people employed in this profile is to pass data into the models hypothesized and created by data scientists. Training models created by machine learning engineers help in production-level by operating at scale with big data. It is vital that they can work interoperably between Java, Python, and Scala. 

Research Engineer  


Such professionals direct the informational flow towards the research and development efforts of the entire business. They do so by accumulating empirical data to prove the worthiness of an idea and profitable business lines. Many view this profile as an entry point into the ML industry as individuals can crack interviews without PhDs in maths and statistics. That said, an MBA in a related discipline is a must. 


Data Engineer 


As you can make out already, machine learning and artificial intelligence have a variety of roles. That said there are lateral roles as well that help ML and AI engineers to achieve their aims. A data engineer is one such position. They are tasked with building software platforms that enable ML applications to come to life. Java, C++, Python, and Scala are the main programming languages that are used regularly in this segment. 




In a manner, they’ve emerged from software development wherein the developers have been creating computer algorithms for programs. They handle end-to-end algorithm development beginning with their design, implementation, and optimization.


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