Careers in Robotics

Careers in Robotics

by Susan Huebert
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Robots have many uses in our world.  Does your family have a small robot that cleans the floors of your house or that does other tasks? Robots are becoming part of everyday life, and a career in robotics could be a good choice.

Most machines are complicated, and robots can be difficult to understand. People who work in robotics need to know mathematics, physics, and similar subjects. Also, they need to be very good with small details. You can already start learning to work with numbers and try to make your own machines to practice for your future career.

Being able to deal with problems is also very important since many different things can go wrong with robots. Patience can be very helpful, since you might need to work on an issue for a very long time before you can solve it. Creativity is another part of working with robots. People often have to invent new machines or find new ways of dealing with old problems. Being a fast learner is important, since the field of robotics changes quickly.

The field of robotics has three types of jobs, although many other jobs can include work related to it. Robotics engineers study at a university to learn how to design robots for all kinds of purposes. Usually, at least a Bachelor’s degree is necessary, and sometimes a Master’s degree. This means that engineers could spend five or six years in university. When they are finished, they can earn between $35,000 and $89,000 per year.

Robotics technicians assemble, repair and maintain robots. They might have a degree in robotics from a university or a diploma or certificate from a community or technical college, or they might just be very good with machines. Salaries in this job begin at over $35,000 and can rise to about $63,000.

Software developers are also an important part of robotics work. They invent the computer programs that the technicians and engineers use to invent and run the robots. The amount that they earn can vary a lot, depending on where they work and how many software programs they write, but they can sometimes do as well as the engineers.

Depending on the job, work in robotics might be very quiet and physically easy or noisy and physically tiring. Technicians tend to work with welding and other possibly noisy and dangerous tools, but engineers and software developers normally work in offices where they might be alone or work with a few other people.

That can change, depending on the size of office and the types of robotics being developed. In some workplaces, only one or two people might have to do all of the jobs of engineer, software developer, and technician. In larger companies, there might be enough people to allow each one to specialize.

People working in robotics will probably never have to worry about not being able to find work. They might have to move to a different city if they live in a place with few opportunities.


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