What is a Robotics Engineer?
Career Description Research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.
Robotics Engineer Responsibilities
- Design or program robotics systems for environmental clean-up applications to minimize human exposure to toxic or hazardous materials or to improve the quality or speed of clean-up operations.
- Make system device lists or event timing charts.
- Design software to control robotic systems for applications, such as military defense or manufacturing.
- Build, configure, or test robots or robotic applications.
- Install, calibrate, operate, or maintain robots.
- Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems.
What Every Robotics Engineer Should Know
Robotics Engineers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Related Job Titles
- Design Engineer
- Engineering Manager
- Engineering Vice President
- Robotics and Systems Lead
- Autonomous Vehicle Design Engineer
Job Outlook for Robotics Engineers
There were about 132,500 jobs for Robotics Engineer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,500 new jobs for Robotics Engineer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 9,500 job openings in this field each year.
The states with the most job growth for Robotics Engineer are Nevada, Utah, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Minnesota, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
Average Robotics Engineers Salary
The average yearly salary of a Robotics Engineer ranges between $50,750 and $155,650.
Robotics Engineers who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.
How much do Robotics Engineers make in different U.S. states?
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$132,530|
Tools & Technologies Used by Robotics Engineers
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Robotics Engineers:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Windows
- Microsoft Project
- Autodesk AutoCAD
- Microsoft Visio
- Structured query language SQL
- The MathWorks MATLAB
- Microsoft Visual Basic
- National Instruments LabVIEW
- Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
How to Become a Robotics Engineer
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Robotics Engineers Sector
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