Demand for robotics skills grows
Recruiters and staffing firms have shown an increased interest in hiring engineers with robotics skills. There has been a 44% growth in job postings in the field since January 2011.
During January 2012, Corporate Recruiters and Staffing Firms posted over 2,100 online job ads for robotics skills, according to Wanted Analytics. Hiring demand for this skill set has grown steadily over the past three years. This growth represents a 44% year-over-year growth compared to January 2011 and more than double the volume of online job ads in January 2010.
The majority of job listings were seen for engineering and technology positions. More than 650 jobs were advertised online for Engineers, the most of any occupational field, at a 51% year-over-year increase. Technology related jobs that required robotics skills increased as well, up 66% from January 2011. Other fields with high-demand for experience with robotics were healthcare and maintenance and repair positions, both of which also experienced year-over-year increases in the volume of online job ads. The most commonly advertised job titles that included robotics skill requirements were Maintenance Technician, Controls Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Electrical Engineer.
Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job listings for robotics knowledge during January 2012 were Atlanta, Ga., Boston, Mass., Detroit, Mich., Chicago, Ill., and Los Angeles, Ca. Employers in Atlanta not only placed the highest number of online job ads for this skill set, but also saw one of the highest year-over-year increases at more than 160%. Detroit and Chicago also experienced growth in demand versus January 2011, while Recruiters in Boston and Los Angeles placed about 20% fewer job ads for robotics skills compared to last year.
Annual Salary Survey
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