Google recently bought a major military robot maker and has been acquiring other companies that produce similar products. According to NBC, other companies are following suit. Amazon bought Kiva Systems, an automated material handling order fulfillment company, to help move packages in their warehouses through robotic technology. Amazon's, CEO, Jeff Bezos, also announced the possibility of using drones to deliver packages. Are acquisitions like these at other companies creating an increased need for robotic talent?
Comparing December 2013 to December 2012, demand for robotics skills increased 13% year-over-year. When further evaluating recruiting analytics for robotics skills, we saw that the bulk of hiring continues to be in the healthcare sector. We found the same to be true when we reported on this topic in July 2013. During the last 30 days, robotics skills were required in more than 3,100 job listings in the healthcare and social assistance sector, particularly by general and medical hospitals and offices of physicians. Of the specific industries with the most job ads, offices of physicians had the most growth, up 23%. The manufacturing sector had the second highest demand for robotics skilled professionals, representing 15% of job ads listed by the industrial sectors with the greatest need for robotics talent. Below is a breakdown of demand by the industrial sectors with that most commonly required robotics talent.
Robotics Demand by Industrial Sectors with the Most Demand
What are companies in these industrial sectors using robotics technology to accomplish? We looked at job ads requiring robotics skills to gain some insight. Below are some of the duties employers are requiring:
Robotics Responsibilities Required in Job Descriptions
- Design, develop, and analyze devices for the expansion of the image guided robotics program for minimally invasive procedures and surgery
- Conduct or assist surgical procedures including minimally invasive robotic surgical procedures
- Provide expertise/design/implementation and set standards for robotic systems
- Integrate robotics systems to improve manufacturing and other operations
- Write programming code for ad hoc robotic applications
- Facilitate automation expansion
- Design, build, install, and troubleshoot high-tech, high-speed, automated robotic electro-mechanical machinery systems
Healthcare employers commonly require candidates to either develop robotics devices or use them for minimally invasive surgery. Manufacturing employers need professionals that can create the software, build, and/or install it and use robotics system to improve operations.
Companies such as Amazon, GE, and Google vaguely include details about their robotics projects in job descriptions. Amazon's job ad mentions their involvement with Kiva Systems and that they're looking for a Robotics Software Support Engineer to collaborate with Kiva end users. GE is filling a Lead Robotics Systems Engineer position responsible for producing cutting-edge technical breakthroughs in autonomy and robotics systems. Google job descriptions say that they're looking for Researchers and Software Engineers to work on transforming mobility by solving some of the most challenging AI and robotics problems. Candidates are required to advance the state of the art in autonomous vehicles, computer vision, sensor fusion, machine learning, object tracking, and motion planning. As robotics become a bigger focus at many organizations, you should monitor your competition's job descriptions for competitive intelligence into what robotics projects they are conducting and what robotics skills they are recruiting.
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