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Create a Local AI Chatbot Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

I would like to create a local AI that can write exactly like me. The initial purpose is to write regular newsletters for our customer…

Machine Learning TensorFlow Neural Network Python Artificial Intelligence Natural Language Processing Chatbot Development
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AI Computer Vision Expert for Retail Store Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$300
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We are seeking an AI Computer Vision Expert to join our team and help implement advanced computer vision capabilities in our retail sto…

Machine Learning TensorFlow Computer Vision Artificial Intelligence
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AI Software Logic Code Writer Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$250
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking an experienced AI Software Logic Code Writer to join our team. As a code writer, you will be responsible for writing log…

Machine Learning Neural Network Natural Language Processing Python Artificial Intelligence
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$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
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Price is just a place holder, feel free to quote. Only apply if you have already done this before and can show some examples. Job/Task…

Machine Learning Neural Network Keras Python Artificial Neural Network TensorFlow Artificial Intelligence
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Machine Learning Researcher - Brigham Young
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Hourly ‐ Posted 23 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
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Expert
Experience level

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Machine Learning Researcher to join our team at Brigham Young University. As a Machine Le…

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Looking for an AI/ML Engineer Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hello, I have a chess-like mobile game. I'm looking for someone who can create very good AI engine. I want to train the AI with reinfor…

Machine Learning Neural Network TensorFlow Python Artificial Intelligence
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AI Image Trainer - Generate 12 Images Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$40
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for an experienced AI Designer to generate 12 images in a specific style (https://t2.genius.com/unsafe/504x504/https%3A%…

Machine Learning Adobe Photoshop Midjourney AI
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$80
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi, I need help for building a machine learning prediction model, for injuries prediction for football players. Along with that I need…

Machine Learning Statistics TensorFlow Python Scikit-Learn Data Science Data Analysis Python
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$250
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Position Overview: We are looking for a skilled AI Engineer with expertise in natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and…

Machine Learning TensorFlow Natural Language Processing Artificial Intelligence Data Science Python
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$600
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Expert
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Our company has developed a crypto market prediction model with a team of world-leading machine learning experts. The model output will…

Machine Learning Python Cryptocurrency Artificial Intelligence API
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Machine Learning Engineers on Upwork
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How to Become a Freelance Machine Learning Engineer

Considered a branch of artificial intelligence, machine learning is the practice of computer science where data and algorithms are used to replicate human learning. As machines learn, they show a gradual improvement in their accuracy and effectiveness.

If you have a passion for data science, computer science, artificial intelligence, and cutting-edge technology, you may have what it takes to become a freelance machine learning engineer.

What does a freelance machine learning engineer do?

Machine learning engineers also referred to as data scientists,, are responsible for designing and building artificial intelligence-based algorithms whose purpose is to continuously learn. To ensure the algorithms continue to learn, machine learning engineers are tasked with assessing, analyzing, and organizing more data in order to optimize machine learning capability.

Freelance machine learning engineers are called upon by a variety of clients across multiple industries to incorporate machine learning capability into their operations. Often undertaken as part of an organization’s overall artificial intelligence initiative, machine learning projects are often implemented to streamline tasks historically handled by humans. As a result, staff can be deployed to handle more customer-facing, value-added tasks. As more companies implement these types of changes, the demand for machine learning freelancers will continue to grow.

What skills do I need to become a freelance machine learning engineer?

There are a variety of skills machine learning engineers should possess when positioning themselves as freelancers. Clients will ask data scientists to handle a number of tasks during the course of their engagement. To accomplish these tasks successfully, machine learning engineers should leverage their skills to keep clients happy and position themselves to be hired again.

Common skills freelance machine learning engineers should possess include:

  • Thorough understanding of the principles of deep learning and machine learning. These skills all work in concert to enable machine learning engineers to leverage all available technology to ensure machine learning achieves its purpose—handling tasks while continuing to learn.
  • Software engineering skills. Machine learning engineers should be adept at handling a variety of software engineering responsibilities, including writing algorithms, natural language processing (NLP), an understanding of approximate algorithms—or algorithms that approximate solutions in order to help solve problems, understanding data structures, and knowledge of computer architecture.
  • Familiarity with data science. An ML engineer will be dealing with large datasets and needs to know how to process them via Python, Java, and SQL. In addition, machine learning engineers should have knowledge of data modeling, big data, hypothesis testing, and mathematics proficiency.
  • Problem-solving skills. Machine learning is no different. When engineers write algorithms designed for automation, challenges and obstacles must be overcome in order to deliver solutions that successfully streamline the intended work. Replicating human logic requires extensive software development and solving problems, even before they occur, is a skill clients look for in machine learning engineers.
  • Time management skills. Excellent time management skills allow freelancers to successfully juggle complex, competing priorities and arrive at solutions that meet client objectives.
  • Communication skills. Most machine learning projects involve extensive teamwork and collaboration with various stakeholders. Communicating effectively, in writing and verbally, goes a long way in eliminating misunderstanding, providing project clarity, and articulating potential alternatives that may be more suitable in the long run.
  • A healthy curiosity, especially regarding technology. Virtually all computer programming and algorithm-based work involves a high degree of curiosity. A healthy curiosity often separates exceptional freelance machine learning engineers from average ones who struggle to find work.

What are the core freelance machine learning job responsibilities

Freelancers in machine learning engineer roles will be asked by clients to handle various duties during the course of an engagement.

Core freelance ML engineer responsibilities include:

  • Leveraging machine learning systems and predictive models to create solutions for answering customer questions online and directing those interested in more information to our sales staff
  • Collaborating with other data engineers in and outside of the AI department to deliver 360-degree customer-centered solutions
  • Build and test ML algorithms designed to design 3D modules for engineering projects
  • Conceptualize and recommend machine learning models that deliver automated training to global staff.

Should I get a degree or certification to become a freelance machine learning engineer?

You’ll need knowledge in computer science, data science, or a related field to start getting work with machine learning. That said, it does sometimes help to have a professional degree especially since that’s where many get started digging into machine learning algorithms and machine learning models.

Some examples of popular degrees or certifications to become a freelance machine learning engineer include:

  • A bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in computer science, mathematics, statistics, machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, or an equivalent field of study from an accredited college or university
  • Professional Certificate Program in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence—offered by MIT
  • Machine Learning with Python—offered by IBM through Coursera
  • Certification of Professional Achievement in Data Sciences—offered by Columbia University Data Science Institute

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