Need for robotic skills outpacing work force
“Robot suppliers and integrators told us they were running full-out to meet customer demand and one of the limiting factors was a shortage of qualified application engineers and other technical people needed to develop and integrate new applications,” said RIA President Jeff Burnstein.
During January, recruiters posted more than 2,100 online job ads for robotics skills, an increase of 44 percent compared to January 2011 and more than double the volume of online job ads in January 2010, according to Wanted Analytics, a recruiting data firm.
The majority of job listings were for engineering and technology positions, but there also is growing demand for systems integration, operations and maintenance workers.
The advanced manufacturing industry is having trouble finding college graduates with even basic robotics skills, said Raul Ordonez, a University of Dayton associate professor and director of the school’s Motoman Robotics Laboratory.
“The students who have these skills would be highly sought after,” he said.
If you are looking to take advantage of the success of the robotics industry, there are many ways to become educated and develop your skill set, from full college programs in engineer to shorter certificate programs in robotics. Check out the Webinars & Education section of Robotics Online — we have a webinar about career opportunities in robotics coming up on April 10, as well as many other webinars archived for immediate viewing. We’re proud of RIA members Yaskawa Motoman Robotics and SAS Automation that have taken responsibility in the future of their industry.
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