Applications include self-driving cars, delivery drones, remote and robotic surgical tools, micro-power grids, Internet-connected appliances, digital manufacturing equipment, and atmospheric control systems. This rapid transition requires engineers and computer scientists with cross-cutting training who can transform advances in digital hardware, communication networks, additive manufacturing, computational mechanics, and artificial intelligence into physical and information-system technologies.

Careers in Autonomy & Robotics

The global robotics market is expected to grow from USD 37.81 Billion in 2017 to USD 158.21 Billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 19.11% (Fior Markets, 2020.)

Here are just a few potential career paths in the robotics and automation industry.

senior systems engineer
IT manager
principal electrical engineer / systems engineer
aeronautical engineer
project engineer

design engineer
software engineer
user experience (UX) designer
data scientist
machine learning engineer

Computer Vision

autonomous vehicle engineer
computer programmer
data analyst / data scientist
predictive modeler
machine learning engineer

a female engineering student working with a robotic packaging arm

Students in the Autonomy & Robotics program will learn about the complexities of the software systems needed to run autonomous systems; the mathematics, control, and information theory behind algorithm design; the physics needed to model robots and mobile vehicles; and the technologies for making and modifying physical prototypes.

Students will have the opportunity to further specialize and concentrate their knowledge in one or more of these areas to which all will be introduced and exposed. This combination of breath and depth will produce engineers able to contribute immediately to a specific area once employed, but will also put them in a unique position to pivot and learn other areas as required.

Career Outlook

Although the US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track robotics as a job category, the field draws employees from software engineering (21% projected growth from 2018-2028) and mechanical engineering (4% projected growth).

At the start of 2020, Fior Markets projected that the global robotics market is expected to grow from USD 37.81 Billion in 2017 to USD 158.21 Billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 19.11%.