Matt is a Product Lead on Udacity's content strategy team. Prior to Udacity, he worked as a strategy & innovation consultant for Fortune 500 clients, including Google, Cisco, MetLife, and Capital One, and as a high school science teacher. He holds an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Messiah College.
Udacity is thrilled to introduce our first Executive Program — the AI for Business Leaders Executive Program. Executive Programs are intensive, strategically-focused programs that empower business leaders to rapidly understand complex and technical concepts, like Artificial Intelligence, and apply these concepts to high-stakes decision-making in real-world business scenarios.
What exactly is Udacity’s new Executive Program, AI for Business Leaders? Gabe Dalporto, CEO of Udacity, offers a great explanation of the value of this program: ”Udacity ‘Executive Programs’ are an exciting addition to our curriculum that teach leaders and executives the fundamentals of a particular technology, like Artificial Intelligence, and go deep into the key questions and strategic implications they should be considering around the application of these technologies in their organization. In contrast, our Nanodegree programs teach hands-on, practitioner-level skills to those who will be implementing a specific technology.”
The field of machine learning continues to boast incredible job growth, salaries, and skill sets that can be used in many different industries. Google utilizes this technology in their Cloud product to allow startups to build machine learning models that work on data of any size, while GE utilizes IoT to help detect and prevent anomalies and crashes in their products. These are just a snapshot of the numerous applications of machine learning in the market today that display the potential for an exponential amount of professional expansion. Currently, just in the US alone, there are over 50,000 open roles for machine learning professionals, so now is the time to develop machine learning expertise!
In LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs report, AI Specialist, a role that includes machine learning, deep learning, TensorFlow, and Python as key skills, boasts 74% annual growth. All of the above skills are incorporated into Udacity’s new Intro to Machine Learning with TensorFlow Nanodegree program, which is a great way to get introduced to the fundamentals of machine learning, including areas like manipulating data, supervised & unsupervised learning, and deep learning.
So what is TensorFlow, and how is it being utilized today? TensorFlow is a deep learning framework made by Google for creating machine learning (ML) models that use multi-layer neural networks. The TensorFlow library allows users to perform functions by creating computational graphs. AirBnB utilizes TensorFlow to improve the guest experience to categorize listing photos by classifying images and detecting objects at scale. Coca-Cola uses TensorFlow to enable mobile proof-of-purchase at scale, while PayPal uses TensorFlow to detect fraud, and Twitter uses TensorFlow to rank tweets, highlighting the broad and powerful range of applications.
“UX designer” is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after job titles in tech. Being a UX designer is rewarding, challenging, lucrative and interesting. You get to work with people but also quite a lot with software as you design compelling apps and website experiences. Being a UX designer requires an impressive mix of creative, technical, and social skills. You need to be as comfortable with Adobe and Sketch as you are with interacting with a live group of users and analyzing their interactions with your mockups, prototypes, and wireframes. It’s certainly not an easy job, but if you love the work you won’t care that it’s challenging.
Udacity is excited to introduce the newest addition to our School of Business: the User Experience Designer Nanodegree program. According to LinkedIn, User Experience (UX) Design is one of the top five most in-demand hard skills today, and a position as a Product Designer has been ranked one of the top five Most Promising Jobs. Thus, there is no better time to learn the skills needed to land a job in this field.
What exactly is UX design? Shuang Liu, User Experience Designer Nanodegree program instructor, and UX Designer at Google, offers a great explanation of the value of the skill: