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An artificial intelligence engineer is someone who works on artificial intelligence problems or technologies. These IT professionals are part of a group that is in high demand as artificial intelligence and machine learning take off in various parts of the IT industry.
An artificial intelligence engineer works with algorithms, neural networks and other tools to advance the field of artificial intelligence in some way. These professionals may work on various types of artificial intelligence in different industries – for example, artificial intelligence for healthcare, artificial intelligence for retail, or artificial intelligence for public planning. Engineers may also choose between projects involving weak or strong artificial intelligence, where different setups focus on different capabilities.
Artificial intelligence engineers are well served by knowing some of the most common programming languages used in AI, such as Python, Java and the "C suite" suite of languages (notably, C++, which is useful). They will generally have computer science degrees or equivalent education backgrounds – many of them will have their own pilot projects to show potential employers or collaborators. Some work in the network of open source communities that serves the development of open-source AI tools.