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How realistic is it to pursue a job in robotics?

The title is pretty self-explanatory. I'm in 10th grade, I have a strong background in coding, and I'm doing accelerated courses so that I can do calculus and AP stats by the end of high-school.
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Brayden’s Answer

Hello! I would say pursuing a job is robotics is very realistic and something that is in high demand in todays markets. In todays world companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs. One of the best ways to do this is to implement machines that can either replace or speed up the process that would normally be done by a human. One of the benefits of this is the fact that a robot or machine can work unlimited hours (within reason) without needing breaks or a lunch. As long as you take care of said machine or system it will continue to run much longer than a human can and while initially expensive a machine or robot has a return on the investment where over time the machine will pay for itself but in a human that is not the case.
I know right now there are tons of companies looking for people just like you to help the next generation of automated systems. Companies like Tesla, Space X, Intel, Dell and a ton more are looking for people who love to code and are good at problem solving to help build the next generation of computer controlled systems. I think if you ultimately choose to go down this path you will have no problem finding a job later. Hopefully this helps! Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thanks for giving such a detailed response, this helped a lot! Declan
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Umar’s Answer

Hi, I have a little bit of experience in robotics and yes it is a very realistic job prospect. Honestly if you enjoy solving problems, you will thrive in robotics. The main issue I find in the industry is that at most big companies you will probably not get to work on the entire system and will probably be working on a small part of the automation process. This is not a bad thing you might really enjoy a particular aspect of robotics e.g seasoner fusion, algorithms, security etc. Grade 10 is pretty early so for now just keep pursuing software or mechatronic engineering. Also you can get started making cool things with a rasberry pie (google it and look up some beginner projects for it). Its a good place to start and you could make something within a couple or weeks (depending on your googling skills lol). Good luck!

Umar recommends the following next steps:

Keep on learning to program
Get a raspberry pie and do a hobby project
After getting comfortable with rasberry pie and picking up a little bit of programming move onto arduino controllers. These are closer to the actual components used for example in moving a robot arm(small tasks in big systems).
This is more advance stuff but after getting familiar with the previous steps learn about operating systems, firmware, physics etc.
Dw you have plenty of time to work on the recommendations I made I would say get some of these things under your belt by the second year of your university and you will end up with a great robotics internship (potentially top tech companies in the world). At this point you are entering the industry👍
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the in-detail response! I actually have a raspberry pi that I've been experimenting with, so it's good to know I'm on the right track. Declan
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Kyle’s Answer

I will add my vote to "very realistic." I am a mechanical engineer who never really pursued robotics yet I have had many opportunities to work with them because of how prominent they are becoming in manufacturing. I've worked with robots that do plasma cutting, offloading conveyors, packaging, palletizing, press forming, and I am currently a programmer for robotic welding. The robotics world is just growing and growing, and I believe there will always be job opportunities for those who become talented in that area. Like most technology these days, it is a rapidly evolving industry, so it will require constant learning, but that's what makes it exciting and rewarding. So, if you're interested in it, dive right in. If you work hard, you'll have a fantastic career!
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