Most of us are confused in these job Tittle – AI Software Engineer and Data Scientist . Both of the job titles are high paying in the industries . I have heard the same question in multiple communities . Consequently I decided to write an article over this topic . This article will help you to understand the difference between AI Engineer Software vs Data Scientist : Role and Responsibility . In order to develop larger intelligent software products both roles are equally important . lets explore –
AI Software Engineer Role and Responsibility –
An AI Engineer’s responsibility start from creating an usable product for client and customer where AI is involved . In order to simplify the role and responsibility for AI engineer , we can break it two parts – core and optional responsibilities .
AI Software Engineer core Role and Responsibility –
An AI engineer work closely with Data Scientist and perform the below task –
- Build Code Infrastructure – Basically when data scientist work they usually build models on IDEs . When we need to integrate that with Products we have to solve so many problems . Now it is AI engineer’s responsibility to create easy deployable version of ML -Models using Docker like technologies . Basically packaging of ML model and its Integration into Products .
- Creating End Point API – Most of the data science model needs to be deployed as web service . Now we can call these web service API from and end front end like – Mobile app or Web etc . So AI developer needs to create secure end point API for ML models if require .
AI Software Engineer optional Role and Responsibility –
These responsibilities are optional for AI Engineer –
- Build Machine Learning Model – Actually this is a core responsibility for data scientist . But In some organization , AI software Engineer has to provide end to end AI solution .
- Data Collection and building pipeline – For large projects where data volume is higher , Some time AI engineer has to perform data engineer’s job as well .
Who is full stack AI engineer –
Some one who has all skills as mention above . I mean who can work as a developer ( AI software Engineer) and data scientist in a organization is a full stack AI engineer . They work as one man army in entire projects . Generally I have seen small organization hire full stack AI developer . In the opposite side , Big companies have big army of developers . In MNC’s there will be specific person for specific task .But the changing trend in business and IT sector , Full stack developer and AI engineer are in huge demand . It will be trend with growths of start up is this era .
Data Scientist’s Role and Responsibilities –
In this section , nothing is new . All the optional responsibility for AI developers are most likely data science core responsibility . In fact a data scientist has to perform following task –
1.Data science problem formulation
2. collect the relevant data
3. clean the data
4. Apply preprocessing steps like feature engineering over it.
5. split data set into training and testing set
6. Train the model
7.tune the model .etc
Usually Data Engineer’s have very different task to data scientist but in some scenario data scientist needs to fulfill both . In the similar way as AI software Engineer has to work end to end .
I think now a there is a clear boundary between both Job role .
Is Big Data Technologies like ( Hadoop and Map Reduce etc ) must to have ?
No neither it is must to have for data scientist nor for AI engineer as well . It is just good to have knowledge for both job roles . Actually It is only must to have for data engineers .
Truely speaking these are just boundaries . In real time you will see engineers are cross functional. People are transforming their profiles . I have also written an similar article – How a Java Engineer can Transform his career into Data Science | Java for Data Science ? . Still we have tried to give a Imaginary view of these two job profile in AI industry . Well ! Any article is not complete it gets a response from reader . Positive response becomes our motivation and negative become the suggestions .In short please comment below if you have any query or suggestion for the topic – AI Software Engineer vs Data Scientist : Role and Responsibility .
Data Science Learner Team
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