The role of an Artificial Intelligence Specialist

The role of an Artificial Intelligence Specialist

The Role of an Artificial Intelligence Specialist

The job opportunities for Artificial Intelligence specialists are broad, meaning there are a variety of routes for a specialist to take. However, all routes have one similarity, specialist’s program computers to comprehend a diversity of situations. One role for an AI specialist is to program computers to test hypotheses in relation to how the human mind works, through cognitive simulation. An example of this can be seen in Cognitecs ‘FACEVACS’ technology. They use AI for security purposes, to recognise faces and identify whether the person is who they claim to be. The majority of AI specialists work in applied AI, their purpose is to program computer smart systems. These systems cover a number of aspects, ranging from recognizing voices to solving complicated problems.

Furthermore, the role of an Artificial Intelligence specialist is to enhance the offerings and operations within a number of industries. Specialists have already made an impact in the financial, health and sport industries, but also have the potential to impact the law and geology sectors just to name a few. As there are many more, this makes the role of an artificial intelligence specialist flexible.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is when machines exhibit a form of intellect. Any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success is portraying artificial intelligence. Similarly, when a machine mimics cognitive functions that are often associated to human actions, such as learning and problem solving, artificial intelligence is applied.

The first big step towards the formation of Artificial Intelligence was the creation of ‘The Logic Theorist’ designed by Newell and Simon in 1955. Since then AI has become a branch of computer science that aims to create intelligent machines, and since has become an essential part of the technology industry. The research associated with it is highly technical and specialized. A core part of AI is machine learning, as without supervisions, AI requires the ability to identify patterns and respond to unexpected data on its own.

Roles and Responsibilities

There are a number of roles for Artificial Intelligence Specialists, these include:

-          Research scientists (responsible for designing, undertaking and analysing information)

-          Software Engineer (specialize in a few areas of development, such as networks, operating systems, databases or applications)

-          C# developer (capable of handling many aspects of developing an application, including but not limited to performance, scalability, security, testing, and more.)

-          Information Security Engineers (help to safeguard organization's computer networks and systems)

-          Software development manager (playing a key role in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of software systems.)

-          Java Developer (specialised type of programmer who may collaborate with web developers and software engineers to integrate Java into business applications, software and websites.)

-          Software Analyst (studies the software application domain, prepares software requirements, and specification documents.)

Artificial Intelligence Specialist Salary

-          Artificial Intelligence specialists can earn anywhere between £30,000 - £95,000 per year. The median salary in the UK for a specialist in 2017 being £62,500. The amount can depend on a number of factors. For example it is not uncommon for Artificial Intelligence specialists in London to be paid more. 

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Qualification Requirements

-          A strong background in programming or systems analysis

-          Fluency in several computer languages

-          Master’s degree in computer science or cognitive science (a combination of psychology, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy)

-          Bachelor’s degree to qualify for entry-level positions

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