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Domestic Robots Make the Grade

Domestic Robots Make the Grade

Jan 16, 2007
Mary Hobson
Technology Schools Columnist

Did you know that North America is one of the largest markets for domestic robots, second only to Japan? Although sales dipped from 2001 to 2003, they rose steeply in 2004; by 2005 North America saw an increase of 36%. This ties in very neatly with our demand for information technology: most of our domestic robotics are installed in cars.

The installation of robots is growing at around 6% per year worldwide. By 2007, there will be one robot for every 10 workers in the automotive industry. We are beginning to use robots in the home for jobs such as vacuum cleaning, lawn-mowing and entertainment, and these areas are going to represent the biggest growth after 2010.

A Fusion of Information Technology and Engineering

Robotics is a fusion of computing and engineering. Computers provide the artificial intelligence necessary to tackle the more complex tasks that we ask robots to perform. This allows robots to "learn" new tasks and to solve problems.

However, in order to fuel this advance in robotics, we need to continue research in technology schools. There is an increasing demand for graduates of information technology degrees at all levels. The result will be a shortfall in people who can work in computer-related jobs, and so salaries will rise and career prospects will increase.

Learn More With a Computer Science Degree

Earning an information technology degree or a computer science degree is no longer a matter of learning to program computers. Today, students take courses in subjects as diverse as material science and business analysis. Usually students have a good idea of the areas they will be interested in before they attend technology school, and choose their degree with a specific career in mind.

People who wish to specialize in hardware engineering, research and technical computing often select computer science degrees, and those who are more interested in programming and applications, systems analysis and business development will choose information technology or information systems degrees.

If you think robotics could be the career for you, check out the programs offered by various technology schools. You may choose to earn your information technology degree online, allowing you to work and study at the same time.

IT graduates are going to have the world at their feet--so take advantage of this situation and get yourself a career that will give you all you want.



About the Author

Mary Hobson is the Head of IT School at a Polytechnic in New Zealand. She also works as a freelance writer.