STEM Career: Robotics Engineering


Robots are becoming ubiquitous in everyday life. Robots build cars, help us checkout at the grocery store, and complete millions of tasks which human beings used to do. Those who design robots must understand computer science, electrical systems, mechanical systems, and some aspects of human psychology. If you think that you can make better and more efficient robots, then perhaps pursuing a career in robotics engineering is your path.

In high school, a student who wants to pursue robotics should take mathematics and physics. In college, very few universities offer majors in robotics engineering, though some do. If robotics is something a student wants to pursue, finding a college or university with a major in robotics engineering is a great first step. Otherwise, a major in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science will be a step in the right direction. After college, consider finding a Masters program in Robotics Engineering and Sciences.

Robotics engineers often work for private industry, though some do work in the government. According to the Occupational Information Network, O*Net, there are 44,800 robotics engineering positions that are expected to open between the years 2010-2020. A robotics engineer can expect to earn an average salary of $92,030.