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Life As a Robotics Engineer

Example of Robotics Engineer Job Research, design, develop, or test robotic applications.

A Day in the Life of a Robotics Engineer

  • Integrate robotics with peripherals, such as welders, controllers, or other equipment.
  • Review or approve designs, calculations, or cost estimates.
  • Design end-of-arm tooling.
  • Design automated robotic systems to increase production volume or precision in high-throughput operations, such as automated ribonucleic acid (RNA) analysis or sorting, moving, or stacking production materials.
  • Install, calibrate, operate, or maintain robots.
  • Conduct research on robotic technology to create new robotic systems or system capabilities.

What a Robotics Engineer Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Robotics Engineers say are important on the job.

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.

Types of Robotics Engineer Jobs

  • Robotics Specialist
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Robotics and Systems Lead
  • Engineering Manager
  • Design Engineer

Robotics Engineer Employment Estimates

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 132,500 jobs in the United States for Robotics Engineer. 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. There will be an estimated 9,500 positions for Robotics Engineer per 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.

How Much Does a Robotics Engineer Make?

Robotics Engineers make between $50,750 and $155,650 a year.


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
Alabama $115,710
Alaska $114,040
Arizona $94,450
Arkansas $71,510
California $107,700
Colorado $111,610
Connecticut $100,230
District of Columbia $132,530
Florida $82,970
Georgia $93,580
Hawaii $96,940
Idaho $110,270
Illinois $87,220
Indiana $73,340
Iowa $78,230
Kansas $82,060
Kentucky $79,690
Louisiana $90,580
Maine $85,800
Maryland $118,420
Massachusetts $109,220
Michigan $90,420
Minnesota $101,620
Mississippi $79,630
Missouri $86,850
Montana $79,590
Nebraska $82,760
Nevada $94,950
New Hampshire $99,070
New Jersey $114,990
New Mexico $114,790
New York $95,270
North Carolina $83,900
North Dakota $83,270
Ohio $93,370
Oklahoma $83,080
Oregon $90,720
Pennsylvania $96,550
Rhode Island $95,790
South Carolina $100,750
South Dakota $84,320
Tennessee $82,030
Texas $113,370
Utah $89,810
Vermont $81,960
Virginia $118,390
Washington $104,890
West Virginia $91,420
Wisconsin $86,600
Wyoming $97,040

What Tools do Robotics Engineers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Robotics Engineers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Git
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Python
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Project
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • UNIX
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • C
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

How to Become a Robotics Engineer

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