In order to work as a robotics engineer, an individual will first need to earn a bachelor's degree in engineering. Courses in robotics typically include general training in pneumatics and hydraulics, numerically controlled systems, CADD/CAM systems, integrated systems, logic, and microprocessors. Since robotics technology relies heavily on the expertise of several engineering disciplines, engineers who specialize in robotics will typically have degrees in electrical, manufacturing, industrial, electronic, or mechanical engineering.

It will typically take four to five years to complete a bachelor's degree. Most major universities and colleges will have an engineering department. Some colleges even offer engineering programs specially geared towards robotics. Depending on the college or university, they may allow students to complete work-study programs in order to receive on-the-job training while working towards earning their degree.

For upper-level positions within the industry, a master's or doctorate level degree is required. In order to remain abreast of new changes and developments within the industry, working robotics engineers will still need to continually update their technical knowledge. This requirement is generally satisfied by annual conferences, seminars, and training sessions.

In addition to the engineering component, professionals in this industry also need to be well versed in the areas of electronics, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, is also essential to being successful in this field.

What are Robotics Engineers like?


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Robotics Engineers by Strongest Interest Archetype

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Are Robotics Engineers happy?


Robotics engineers rank among the happiest careers. Overall they rank in the 98th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Robotics Engineer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Robotics Engineers

The most common degree held by robotics engineers is Mechanical Engineering. 6% of robotics engineers had a degree in mechanical engineering before becoming robotics engineers. That is over 3 times the average across all careers. Computer Science graduates are the second most common among robotics engineers, representing 5% of robotics engineers in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.8 times the average.

Robotics Engineer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Robotics Engineer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of robotics engineers % of population Multiple
Mechanical Engineering 5.5% 1.6% 3.4×
Computer Science 5.0% 2.8% 1.8×
Electrical Engineering 3.0% 0.8% 3.7×
Computer Engineering 2.8% 0.6% 4.9×
Electrical Engineering Technology 1.7% 0.2% 8.0×
Computer Programming 1.4% 0.3% 4.8×
General Engineering 1.1% 0.4% 3.0×

Robotics Engineer Education Levels

65% of robotics engineers have a bachelor's degree. 25% of robotics engineers have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 25%
Bachelor's degree 65%
Master's degree 10%
Doctorate degree 0%

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