Where the jobs are: robotics

Robotics careers

“Over the past seven years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that companies added 136,748 robots to factory floors. But while the conclusion of many is to assume that jobs are disappearing due to automation, the opposite is proving true,” writes New Equipment Digest. “The BLS also determined that while robots were being added to factories, 894,000 new manufacturing jobs were also created as a result of automation. According to the book What to Do When Machines Do Everything by Malcom Frank, Paul Roehrig, and Ben Pring, 19 million jobs will be lost due to automation over the next 10 to 15 years—but 19 million new jobs will be created due to automation.”

The robotic engineer job market will grow between now and 2024. The BLS reports that robotics engineers, as part of the mechanical engineering field, will increase by 5% by 2024. The median annual wage for robotic engineers was $83,590 in 2015. If the rate of machines being added to factories remains consistent, then the number of skilled technicians needed to program, operate, and maintain those robots will also increase.

NED explains that “the core subjects for those at the high school level are mathematics and physics. These core areas of study make up the foundation of many robotics courses. If the student has the opportunity at the high school level, they should also take courses in computing, programming, design, and extracurricular engineering electives like machine shop and manufacturing classes.”

“At the university level, many educational institutions offer a robotics major as its own independent field of study,” NED adds. “However, since the field of robotics is one under constant change, many professionals reach the robotic industry through different avenues,” such as majors in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science.

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