Robots and the Job Market

Jun 30, 2014

Industrial robots help to take over the less desirable and back breaking labor from human workers. Robots also help to provide jobs as they initiate the need for robot techs, maintainers, and even people to sell and market the systems. Industrial robotic systems are doing a great job of taking over jobs such as painting, palletizing, packaging, and material removal where the environment could be dangerous or create hazardous chemicals.


In the first half of the 20th cen­tu­ry, humans saw robots tak­ing over the world in sci­ence fic­tion lit­er­a­ture and B‑movies. Then, toward the end of the 20th cen­tu­ry, as indus­tri­al robots began to rise in pop­u­lar­i­ty, humans were con­cerned that they would take over the job mar­ket. How­ev­er, indus­tri­al robots are not going to take over” all of the jobs, as human work­ers fear. Instead, they are going to take over less desir­able jobs for work­ers, as well as fill­ing in the gaps where no skilled work­ers are avail­able for hire.

In the 1980s, indus­tri­al robots began to come on the scene more heav­i­ly, espe­cial­ly in man­u­fac­tur­ing mar­kets. These robots took over jobs like pack­ag­ing and pal­letiz­ing, which could be tedious and dull for work­ers. Robot­ic sys­tems also took over jobs like paint­ing and mate­r­i­al removal, where fumes and par­ti­cles could cause health haz­ards for human work­ers. These work­ers were moved behind the robots, where they can learn to become a robot oper­a­tor, a more mar­ketable skill they would not have had pri­or to integration.

Robots are also fill­ing the holes that are cur­rent­ly in the job mar­ket in cer­tain loca­tions around the world. Because of the boost in ser­vice jobs, man­u­fac­tur­ing does not hold the same regard that it once did. This has caused gaps around the world for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies that need skilled welders and oth­er work­ers. These com­pa­nies can invest in robot sys­tems to per­form these jobs, which helps when there are not qual­i­fied hires for the job.

Over­all, robots are not here to take over and leave humans job­less. Instead, they are here to improve the work­ing con­di­tions for indus­tri­al work­ers and give them new skills, while also help­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers fill posi­tions that are vacant.

Are you inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about robots and the jobs that they can per­form? Then you should call Robots​.com, a lead­ing inte­gra­tor for com­pa­nies like Fanuc, Motoman, KUKA, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and ABB. Our staff will work with you from the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion all the way through inte­gra­tion of the sys­tem into your fac­to­ry. Robots​.com is ded­i­cat­ed to ensur­ing the cus­tomers are sat­is­fied with their sys­tems and that they return for new automa­tion projects.

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