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Machine Learning Engineer

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Currently Employed in Scotland

What is a Machine Learning Engineer

You could be programming a machine to diagnose illnesses more effectively than the world’s best doctors or designing predictive tools that could provide life-saving information about the likelihood of weather events such as hurricanes or floods.

Top 3 job tasks:

  • Building machine learning algorithms that can self-improve their ability to perform a given task.
  • Testing machine learning systems against traditional software or human capabilities to assess the current benefits of the technology.
  • Analysing performance data from machine learning tests to develop increasingly productive algorithms.

Getting in and Qualifications


Many Machine Learning Engineers will have degrees or even postgraduate qualifications (at master’s or PhD level) in Computer Science, Software Engineering or similar.

Machine Learning roles also require hands-on, practical experience. 

Graduate and Modern Apprenticeships allow you to gain this hands on experience while also working towards a qualification.



Membership of an industry organisation can also be a valuable way to build contacts within the industry and land a suitable role.

The industry membership organisation for artificial intelligence including machine learning is AISB.

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you will need.