How to become an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

AI Specialists use and create computer systems that collect information, employ decision-making and then act on it to solve issues across businesses.

Personal requirements for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

  • Good communication skills
  • A deep understanding of the mathematics required
  • Able to spot and resolve problems
  • Strong logical thinking skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Able to organise large amounts of information
  • Professional and ethical
  • Discretion when dealing with confidential data
  • Able to work well in a team or individually

Education & Training for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

Most AI Specialists achieve master’s or doctoral degrees in computer or cognitive science (a mixture of psychology, computer science, anthropology and other sciences) as well as specialising in computer programming, system languages and IT systems analysis. But many entry-level jobs in the field only require a bachelor’s degree in fields such as computer science, data science, statistics and mathematics. To be able to work in a full scope of AI Specialist jobs, master’s or doctoral degrees are recommended. These courses require at least a Secondary Senior Certificate of Education as well as pre-requisite knowledge of maths, science, IT, English and computer language information. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.For further details, visit .

Additional information

Artificial Intelligence is one of the quickest-growing industries currently, meaning there are expanding opportunities to work in different environments and in various sectors. Completing a Masters or Doctoral degree in the area may result in the opportunity to become a member of specialist groups such as BCS’ Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence (SGAI). As well as working with SGAI, opportunities involve presenting at AI conferences on the growing industry, as well as travelling or working abroad in a wide range of areas. Check organisation websites for further information, such as required qualifications.

Duties & Tasks of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

AI specialists:

  • Create and develop AI models for certain clients and businesses that enhance efficiency and solve system problems
  • Gather information from employees or clients to decide their needs and the ideal solution
  • Teach other employees like stakeholders how to use and manage these AI systems
  • Design training manuals and create online training modules to ensure employees use the AI systems correctly and appropriately
  • Set up systems and manage administrative issues (such as cost of materials) to keep the systems to an appropriate standard
  • Develop infrastructure for data recording and transformation that enhances storage capacities
  • Constantly analyse the statistics of their created AI systems and write reports for others based off its functionality
  • Manage existing AI systems and troubleshoot any issues that arise from artificial programming

Working conditions for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

AI Specialists have the important duty of communicating with stakeholders, manufacturers and third parties in regards to equipment, training and troubleshooting issues.AI Specialists usually work in a team, but in small businesses they may operate individually.

Employment Opportunities for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Specialist

AI Specialists can work for many different places, ranging from the research department of universities to small in-house AI businesses. They can also work for governments, large transnational corporations and automotive manufacturing companies. AI Specialists will usually work within a team or department, both full-time and on contract depending on the project.


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