The most significant fear by most people is that robots will take over their jobs. As a result, most are slow in embracing robots despite their benefits.
It is interesting that in 2016, Amazon hired more robots than ever yet their human workforce grew by close to 50%.
Collaborative robots are not meant to take over but instead, collaborate with humans to streamline the workplace conditions. In an earlier post titled, “Robots Create Jobs,” we broke down the statistics of how robots create jobs. We are going to go a step further and enumerate 5 types of jobs that an increase in robotics use will create.
1. Robot Creators and Programmers
The most obvious career path that will become more relevant. The Boston Consulting Group has estimated that robot investment will grow 10% per year for the next 10 years.
As the demand for robots increases so will the demand for experts skilled enough to create the best in the market. On our website—Universal Robots—there is a giant red sign that announces we are hiring. The demand for skilled robot creators and programmers is already at an all-time high; the future will see this trend continue.
2. Trainers and Teachers
As the use of robots increases, the demand for trainers will also increase. Trainers teach how to work hand in hand with collaborative robots and how to perform simple programming that corresponds to need.
The biggest benefit of collaborative robots is the easy programming that can be handled by anyone and not necessarily an expert. However, a bit of training is required to get the hang of it.
The need for teachers and professors knowledgeable in robotics will also rise because robotics will not only become mainstream in the work environment but also in all levels of study.
Pay scale estimates that the current industry standard pay for robot trainers is $14 per hour.
3. Robot Technicians and Robot Operators
Robot operators are required in an industry that embraces collaborative robots. The operators are responsible for supervision and maintenance. Sometimes the robot will need to be supervised 24-7 just in case it runs into a situation beyond the programming scope.
A good example is if a co-bot is performing a pick and place task, but it runs out of items to pick. In such a situation a robot operator must step in.
Robot technicians, on the other hand, must be knowledgeable of both the robot’s software and hardware. Their job is to step in if the co-bot malfunctions, repair any ensuing faults and perform routine hardware and software maintenance.
Before the advent of World Wide Web, there was no need for website designers, yet in our current world, it is hard to imagine a world without website designers. Robot operators and technicians will equally be that relevant.
4. Experts in New Industries and Products
A company in Canada has taken advantage of the robot technology and is currently manufacturing and selling robotic vacuums.
Technology grows and improves by the day, as robot research and innovation continues to defy human expectation, it will give rise to new industries we cannot possibly predict.
The new industries will in turn demand workers skilled in that niche.
5. Researchers and Innovators
For technology to grow, there must be a group of people dedicated to continuous research. The kind of research the pushes the envelope and sets industry standards.
An increase in the incorporation of collaborative robots will demand an increase in researchers whose goal is to improve the efficiency of the existing robots and possibly come up with ways of creating better ones.
Before the internet took hold, there was a fear that the internet would eliminate the need for physical stores and take over people’s jobs. At the moment, the internet is the biggest driver of more revenue for businesses.
The internet was a technological invention that improved and made the world better. For anyone afraid of the impact of collaborative robots, this is a good example to consider.