Why Colleges Want Students To Major In Artificial Intelligence



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Previously on our blog, the introduction to the world of artificial intelligence was brought up. You are now aware of artificial intelligence's outstanding growth in technology and what it may mean for you as a high school college applicant.


If you have not yet taken a look at yesterday's article on AI's influence in higher education, go ahead and click here.


Today's blog post will take a further look into why colleges are increasingly encouraging student applicants to pursue a major in artificial intelligence. Moreover, there will be further information on what a high school student studying AI can anticipate in regard to the benefits of an artificial intelligence education.


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With your phone assistants like Siri or Google Now, you may start to realize just how much artificial intelligence already takes on a large component of your everyday life.


As mentioned in yesterday's blog, the field of AI provides high school students with a world of opportunities and chances to succeed in a new data revolution.


At its core, pursuing an education in artificial intelligence will provide you with the essential understanding behind the technology and systems that you interact with every single day. If you decide to follow the expanding discipline of artificial intelligence, perhaps you will be the next individual to develop the forefront AI applications and technology (such as Google's self-driving vehicle).


Bringing Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Together


In order for artificial intelligence to grow and evolve, the use of computer science goes hand-in-hand.


Universities and colleges alike are not only excited for potential student candidates to learn about cutting edge developments, but also for applicants to unite the well-known study of computer science together with today's artificial intelligence.


Students that are interested and looking towards applying as an AI-major will require the fundamental basics of computer science (such as computational language and algorithms). And while the field of artificial intelligence is still relatively new, experts in the industry are rare and colleges with AI faculty members are perhaps some of the greatest market leaders in AI advancement.


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As such, if you are potentially worried about the field of mastery for artificial intelligence - fear not! Competitive and top colleges are hiring industry-leading staff to instruct and educate AI-related courses.


Expectations of an Artificial Intelligence Major


College candidates looking to prosper in the field of artificial intelligence will require a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related subject such as mathematics, as previously mentioned above.


Besides that standard, you can expect to enroll in a few overlapping disciplines.


Below are some examples of the core, fundamental subjects in an artificial intelligence curriculum (taken from Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory):


Artificial Intelligence Foundational Subjects

  • Machine learning

  • Deep learning

  • Reinforcement learning

  • Neural networks

  • Natural language processing

  • Computer vision


Benefits of Pursuing an Artificial Intelligence Degree


While artificial intelligence requires a high learning curve for students, the potential for achievement and rewards will exceed the investment of both time and energy.


As reported by a LinkedIn research study, artificial intelligence expertise is among the networking platform's rapidly-growing skills. For LinkedIn members that incorporate artificial intelligence-skills to their professional profile, participants saw a 190% increase in viewership between 2015 and 2017.


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As such, students that graduate with a degree in artificial intelligence should expect greater networking opportunities. Individuals in this particular field are currently limited so starting your education early-on will provide you a chance to work with some of the best leaders in the AI-industry.


Beyond the networking prospects, you will have the advantage of an exponentially growing salary outlook. The supply and demand for artificial intelligence experts are large, and for that reason, you should expect AI graduates to average from $134,000 to $170,000 annually in salary.


"No sector or business is in any way immune from the impact of AI." - Gerard Verweij, Global Data and Analytics Leader, PwC

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