Udacity, the startup that offers online courses for careers in tech, is adding a new speciality curriculum: A training program for becoming a self-driving car engineer.
Thus far, Udacity’s offerings (called “nanodegrees”) have largely focused on fundamental coding, like writing Android apps. This one is a bit more advanced: The listing notes it takes twelve months to finish.
But it’s not out of left field. Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun was a founding member of Google’s self-driving car team (and, per Bloomberg, is now running one of Larry Page’s self-flying car companies on the side).
“There is an enormous market for self-driving car engineers,” Thrun says in a short video. “Lots and lots of companies that you wouldn’t expect are entering the field and are massively hiring.”
This is true. Although the ones you would expect — car companies — will be doing the hiring too, spurred along, perhaps, by the declaration last night from Tesla’s Elon Musk, which was chock-full of self-driving car talk.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.