Expected Changes and Growth in The Robotics Engineering Job Market
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However, for an industrial robotic arm to be more effective, there is need for further advancements in this technology. In turn, it opens up job opportunities for engineers within the robotics field. With that said, here are some of the things you should expect this year and in the near future.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is good news for people who are soon planning to pursue a career in robotics engineering thus putting robotics engineers in the same category as mechanical engineers. The bureau’ projection show that there will be a 9% job market growth from 2016 through to 2026. This is as fast as average. The bureau also expects there to be an addition of 25,300 jobs over the forecasted period.
However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics believes that for one to get the best job prospects available to them, they may have to stay dedicated to learning about the latest technologies in robotics.
While we are on the topic of latest technologies, there seem to be a plethora of positive changes on the way in the emerging telepresence robotics sector. A telepresence robot can be defined as a machine that moves and typically has video and audio services. The user of such a robot can remotely operate the machine and also see what is going from wherever they are.
According to IndustryReports.co, the market value for the telepresence robotics sector was worth $148.3 million in 2018 and is expected to grow to $285.4 million by 2024. Therefore, the combined annual growth rate (CAGR) over the forecast period is 11.53%.
While looking at the changes in the duties of industrial robotic arm engineers, it shows that both the invention of computers and Industrial Revolution spurred the need for them. In the event that telepresence robots gain popularity as expected, robotics engineers may need to learn about the specifics involved in designing, operating and possible repairing them.
As mentioned earlier, telepresence robotic machines can be particularly useful for entrepreneurs who can ‘visit’ sites without necessarily having to be there. Additionally, they can also benefit the elderly population through providing monitoring health conditions and also allowing older people to remain independent for as long as possible. However, the high cost of maintenance for these machines might hinder the growth of telepresence robots in the market.
This gives robotics engineers a chance to make themselves in continual demand by trying to figure out how to design telepresence robots that are not only less likely to fail but also easier to maintain.
A shortage in skills
Some experts argue that the combined skills shortages happening in the artificial intelligence and robotics markets thus resulting in millions of unfilled jobs in those particular areas in less than a decade. If robotics engineers can market themselves to make the most of the skills shortage, they can look forward to bright futures. This is especially true as more companies become increasingly interested in automation as well as how to harness it to increase productivity.
Keep in mind that providers of robotics will be in need of offering new and better things that are distinctively different from what their competitors are offering. For this reason, they will be depending on robotics engineers to come up with new concepts since more companies are entering the market and posing challenges to the existing entities. Therefore, in the coming years, companies will continue to need engineers in the field of robotics.
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