Robotics Engineer (NASA JPL)


WHAT YOU DO: A robotics engineer researches, designs, develops, operates and repairs robots.

EDUCATION: A robotics engineer requires extensive knowledge of engineering, computers, design, mechanics, physics, and advanced math. Robotics engineers usually have to earn at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, graduate from a program that’s certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

USEFUL SKILLS: Coordination, critical thinking, problem solving, imagination.

HOW TO GET IN: Get an internship while in college.

CAREER PATH: Focus on a subsystem of robotics (the mechanical, electrical, computing, or software system, for example) while in school and working as an intern. Graduate college and start work as a junior engineer focusing on one of these subsystems. After you have some experience in one of these fields, you can work on whole robotic systems.

PAYBACK: Median annual salary: $90,580

DOWNSIDES: Little flexibility, requires extreme focus and concentration.

FUTURE OF JOB: The number of jobs is expected to grow 3% to 9% in the 2013-22 decade, which is slower than average.

NETWORKING: is a robotics new site that also allows people involved in the robotics field to share and discuss their projects:

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