Robotics are a hot topic, right now. While many see automation as contributing to job losses, the hiring demand for people to build, program, operate, and repair robotics seems to be growing. During May 2012, Recruiters posted over 6,000 online job ads that included robotics in either the job description or job requirements. This skill set has seen steady growth over the past 3 years, up 29% year-over-year compared to May 2011 and twice the volume of job ads seen online in May 2010.
Hiring Demand for Robotics Skills in the United States – 4 Year Hiring Trend
The majority of job listings were seen for engineering and healthcare positions. More than 2,000 jobs were advertised online for healthcare practitioners, the most of any occupational field, at a 46% year-over-year increase. Engineering related jobs that required robotics skills also increased 13% from May 2011. Other fields with high-demand for experience with robotics were technology and maintenance and repair positions, both of which also experienced year-over-year growth in the volume of online job ads. The 7 most commonly advertised job titles that included robotics skill requirements were:
- Maintenance Technician
- Controls Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Software Engineer
The tools, technologies, and skills that employers most commonly require in potential candidates for robotics jobs are:
- Microsoft Office
- Project management
- Product development/management
- Software development
- Microsoft PowerPoint
Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job listings for robotics knowledge during May 2012 were Phoenix (Arizona), Detroit (Michigan), New York (New York), Sacramento (California), and Chicago (Illinois). Employers in Phoenix not only placed the highest number of online job ads for this skill set, but also saw some of the highest year-over-year increases at more than 600%. Detroit and Chicago also experienced growth in demand versus May 2011, while Recruiters in New York and Sacramento placed about fewer job ads for robotics skills compared to last year.
Companies sourcing candidates for jobs that require knowledge to build, program, operate, or repair robots and robotical components are likely to find them moderately difficult-to-recruit, with conditions varying slightly by location and job function depending on the available talent supply. Our Hiring Scale™ is able to show us the cities where each of these job functions are likely to be the easiest to recruit. Maintenance and repair job are likely to be one of the easiest and fastest robotics related jobs to fill. On average, job ads for robotics repair professionals remain online for about 38 days. In comparison, robotics engineers are likely to be one of the hardest jobs to source potential candidates for and take the longest to fill. These job ads have an average posting duration of 46 days – more than 1 week longer than repair jobs. IT jobs for robotics programmers and healthcare jobs fall in the middle.
Here are the cities where each of these common robotics fields are likely to be the easiest to recruit:
- Engineering jobs – Spokane, WA
- IT and Computer Programming jobs – San Antonio, TX
- Healthcare jobs – Detroit, MI
- Maintenance and Repair jobs – Phoenix, AZ
Hiring Scale for Healthcare Professionals with Robotics Skills – Easy-to-Fill Location
Hiring Scale for Maintenance and Repair Professionals with Robotics Skills – Easy-to-Fill Location
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