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How To Get A Robotics Job


August 28, 2014

How To Get A Robotics Job

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics frequently receives requests asking, what skills are needed to get a job in robotics and where they can find robotics jobs? In their Y-blog, Perspectives in Robotic Automation from Yaskawa Motoman, they give an answer.


Careers in Robotics

The need for workers skilled in robotics in the manufacturing sector is growing. Those interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) would be wise to consider a career in robotics. Here is everything you need to know about pursuing a career in the robotics field.


K-16 Education

You have to learn how to walk before you can learn how to run. The subjects that robotics students will focus on before and during high school include the following:

  • History of robotics
  • Basic robotic programming
  • Building simple robots with VEX and LEGO kits

In high school and during post-secondary institutions, advanced classes will place students in a “real-life” setting that blend traditional academic robotics curriculum with industry-recognized certification and technology. As university students near the completion of their degree, they may also participate in internship programs that provide on-the-job training.


K-16 refers to the combination of primary and secondary education in the United States that combines the various levels of education for younger students. K-16 provides standardized policy and practices such as examination practices, graduation requirements, and admissions policies.


Career Opportunities

Students will most likely enter the robotics field as a robotics technician, which requires a 2-year degree, or as a robotics engineer, which requires a 4-year degree. There are also other paths students in robotics can follow, including the following jobs:

  • Application engineer
  • Manufacturing assembly
  • Programmer
  • Quality control
  • Software developer
  • Support specialists and trainers


Job Duties and Expected Salaries

Robotics engineers and technicians are responsible for operating robots and researching, designing, creating, testing and troubleshooting problems. The average annual salary is $52,000, or about $25 an hour. Technicians can expect to make less than this average and engineers more than this average because of their education level.


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Source: Yaskawa Motoman Robotics - Y-Blog
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