Robotics and automation will eliminate some jobs and create others

Studies show up to 38 percent job elimination

While robotics and automation will eliminate some jobs in the next 15 years, some experts believe those jobs will be shifted to other places.

Some estimates have been as high as 38 percent of U.S. manufacturing jobs will be replaced by robotics and automation in the next fifteen years.

“I believe there will be jobs, they will just look different,” says Peter Dettmer, the robotic and automation program director at Madison College.

Robotics and automation will replace some manufacturing jobs, but the operation and maintenance of those systems will create other positions.

“There is always going to be people that have to build the robots, troubleshoot them, fix them, and keep them going,” says Peter Chapin, a student in the robotic and automation program at Madison College.

Robotics and automation will also provide an incentive for the return of industries previously lost to other countries.

“A lot of the jobs that went overseas years ago, those companies are starting to bring them back, which is called re-shoring, and in order to bring them back, they have to be automated,” says Dettmer.

The future of robotics and automation is driving students in that direction.

“Our program has seen significant increases. This year our program is full at this point, and we have a waiting list,” says Dettmer.

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