Data Engineer vs Data Scientist: What’s the Difference?

The roles of “data engineer” and “data scientist” are often conflated and it’s common practice, but they’re actually completely different jobs.

Both require a high degree of skill in data science, but they each have their own specific responsibilities.

Learn more about the difference between data engineers and data scientists, including the skill sets necessary, job roles and salary info.



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Ask Udacity Anything: Q & A With Cybersecurity Expert Christine Izuakor

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On March 24, 2021, Udacity hosted Christine Izuakor, Ph.D., cybersecurity expert, to field questions about cybersecurity from the online community via Twitter.

Cybersecurity, also known as computer security, is an indispensable tech field focused on the protection of computing systems and networks. Protective measures include the safeguarding of information, hardware, software, and computing services.

Here are highlights from Udacity’s one-hour-long “Ask Udacity Anything” Twitter feed with host Christine Izuakor. Topics include trends in cybersecurity, career skill development, cloud security, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning



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12 Tips for Managing Your Time Better

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As the pandemic and shelter-in-place orders persist, we’re all still finding ways to optimize our time while working or studying from home

With businesses and schools closing and reopening, managing time at home presents challenges for students and workers alike. 

As you experience reduced recreation, increased social distancing, and more time working remotely, you may need some tips about how to manage your time better.

Udacity is here to help you out.



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Navigating Your Cybersecurity Career

From enrollment to graduation, our new School of Cybersecurity offers a complete path to a successful career in cybersecurity. 

Learn more about navigating the School of Cybersecurity and the career options available post graduation in the infographic below. Plus, find out who’s a good fit for each of the different cybersecurity Nanodegrees, what you’ll learn and what jobs you’ll be prepared for.



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Artificial Intelligence Jobs Are Future-proof

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COVID-19 has radically changed our lives. Its impacts can be felt across workplaces, particularly where it has forced industries to reduce their activities including leisure, restaurants, oil and gas, and airlines.

Yet throughout COVID-19, the technology industry remains strong. The pandemic has spurred technological innovation. Technology enables work to continue despite lockdowns and other pandemic mitigation measures. Analysts project the tech industry will be worth $5 trillion in 2021, with a growth rate comparable to what it was prior to the pandemic (4 to 5%).

Artificial intelligence has a strong foothold in the tech industry and has gained influence during COVID-19. Artificial intelligence and its jobs are future-proof — unlikely to become obsolete.



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Five Steps for a Smooth Career Transition

When Francisco Gutierrez decided to transition his career from waiting tables to developing software at Microsoft or when Amaury Gonzalez wanted more from his career than driving for  Uber, one thing that they both knew — like many others — is that they will have to get the right practitioner-level skills to make any and all career moves.  

Making a career transition is daunting and may feel easier to procrastinate than to learn something new. But if you take the time to struggle with something new you will eventually gain the skills and confidence to move into better professional circumstances. 

As the pace of the world changes and new technologies emerge globally, it’s a necessity more than a choice to prepare yourself for a career transition.

Here are five steps that you can take to start your career transition.

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Interaction Design: What It Is and Why It’s a Hot Career Choice

Did you know that companies across America lose an estimated 75 billion dollars a year due to poor customer experience?

Knowing how much is on the line for companies to get it right, it’s no surprise that UX design professionals are in high demand, with the average salary for a UX designer at $85,000.  A great way to break into the field is by specializing in an area interaction design. 

Here’s more on what you need to know about interaction design and how to pursue a career in this area.



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