How is a career in Robotics? Is it painstaking? And is it a career worth pursuing?
I am currently taking IT courses, I was looking into careers which I would be interested in, such as Robotics when I researched the type of work. I just wanted a job which was extremely interesting to me as well as used skills in IT which I could incorporate. I'm a problem-solving lover who just wants to keep busy and interested in my career. What do you think? I'm still in the beginning stages. Suggest any other careers which you think I would be interested in as well! Thanks! #computer-engineering #it #robotics
Robotics is a very exciting industry right now. However, robotics takes many forms. Generally there are two major sectors of robotics, manufacturing and non-manufacturing. Manufacturing robotics is a much more developed industry that serves the needs of the big manufacturing companies that build everything from cars to phones. Non-manufacturing is a very hot industry right now with companies trying to automate roles like bartenders, room service in hotels, personal assistants, and bomb squads. In both manufacturing and non-manufacturing, robotics is broken down into the three major engineering roles, mechanical, electrical, and software. It sounds like your skill set would fit well in the software side of robotics. Software can include artificial intelligence, image processing, communication, and more.
Robotics industry is going through a second revolution right now and it is an extremely exciting industry that will certainly be pushing the world in new directions. I encourage you to learn as much as you can about the software side and discover if it is something you are passionate about.
Check out MIT Media Lab. John MacDonald runs an Engineering Health class on Friday afternoons composed of mostly undergrads who are on teams that are trying to tackle different pain points in the healthcare space.
As I am responding to this question in 2020, the good news is that a career in robotics is STILL a career worth pursuing. :) Overall, the great thing about pursuing a technology-based career is that the field of study doesn't necessary go away. It evolves. I have been lucky enough to witness how an interest in robotics, say with school competitions and maybe a few TV shows (:0) has grown into building robots that can clean homes and assist workers in factories. Someone has to create the ideas for those robotics. Someone has to build programs to run those robotics. Someone has to know enough about these robotics to maintain/fix them when/if they break down.
In a world where there is increased demand in online shopping, for instance, robotics play a large role in ensuring that customers get their items in a timely manner. While my career path hasn't let me into robotics, I have had the good fortune to build some...small ones...and just the time spent in putting pieces together and being able to build pretty simple programs to control the robot...for anyone that has an interest in learning and/or in starting small, it believe that working in a robotics space is a great place to start and can lead to a very worthwhile career in technology overall.
Best of luck to you!