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Math plays a major role in the construction of our physical and digital world. Many professionals use MATLAB, a programming platform, to test hypotheses, develop algorithms, and run simulations. Discover MATLAB with online courses delivered through edX.

What is MATLAB?

MATLAB is a programming language and computing platform developed by MathWorks. It can be used for a number of purposes, including:

  • Matrix manipulations 

  • Data analysis and visualization 

  • Advanced mathematical functions

  • Web and desktop applications

  • User interfaces

  • Programming scripts

  • Large-scale computations

MATLAB is used by data professionals in machine learning, robotics, and wireless communications. It enables engineers and scientists to experiment with new ideas before implementing them: a structural engineer preparing to build a multi-story structure, for example, may use MATLAB to run simulations involving structural integrity in extreme weather. 

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In our increasingly tech-driven world, a growing number of fields are prioritizing advanced, efficient data analysis and computation. That’s why MATLAB, a popular programming language, can benefit data professionals of all backgrounds.Footnote 1

For learners interested in building their technical skills, a MATLAB class can cover the following topics:

  • Functions, or statements used to perform specific tasksFootnote 2

  • Scripts, or files with multiple commands and functionsFootnote 3

  • Plot diagrams, which enable data visualization 

  • Vectors and matrices, which streamline data representation and problem-solvingFootnote 4

You may also want to consider pursuing specific certifications that can prove to employers that you have the technical skills necessary to succeed. Depending on your background, additional courses in math, data visualization, or computer programming can complement your learning. edX offers a variety of learning options in partnership with some of the world’s leading colleges and universities.

Explore MATLAB jobs

Seeking out MATLAB tutorials and courses can take your career to new heights, whether you’re interested in data science, computer science, or engineering. Roles that may require MATLAB skills include:

  • Data scientist: These data specialists harness MATLAB to process data, create algorithms and predictive models, and more.Footnote 5 They may deploy their machine learning algorithms to IT systems, or work with MATLAB histograms and colormaps to better visualize data.Footnote 6

  • Data analyst: These experts typically work with large amounts of data. MATLAB streamlines analysis as a whole, allowing analysts to simplify, visualize, and draw actionable insights from raw data, calculations, and trends.

  • Systems engineer: In coordination with engineering, business, and management teams, these engineers drive and oversee the system development process.Footnote 7 Many systems engineers turn to MATLAB to manage system requirements, improve system architecture, and conduct crucial simulations.Footnote 8

While MATLAB skills can be beneficial for job seekers, employers may require other technical knowledge and education. Some employers may desire candidates with specialized knowledge that can be acquired through a boot camp, or they may seek applicants with a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.

How is MATLAB used in engineering?

Familiarity with MATLAB can be a valuable asset for engineers. It’s a sophisticated calculator that can provide an interactive problem solving environment for computing challenges. It can be used for image processing, control design and financial modeling. 

Learners can expand their knowledge even further and optimize the platform’s applications by studying:

  • Computer science, including algorithms and data structures, network security, and programming languages

  • Data science, including statistics and economics

  • Machine learning techniques, such as supervised and unsupervised learningFootnote 9

There is no one educational path that will work for all learners. Some learners may benefit from enrolling in a coding boot camp, while others may decide to pursue full degrees such as a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s degree in data science, or master’s degree in engineering

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