Robots are the Best Way to Keep Jobs in America

Jun 11, 2017

The current administration is fighting to bring jobs back to America in a variety of ways including in the manufacturing business. Robots are bringing huge contributions to our economy, offering new and better jobs for Americans and proving to increase the manufacturing strength of a production line. ​Furthermore, robots help to decrease the need for offshoring, providing jobs right here in America on the production line.


Anti-robot sen­ti­ments are not unheard of; a lot of robot apoc­a­lypse fear and fin­ger point­ing (at robots) has ensued. How­ev­er, this does not need to be the case any­more. With the cur­rent admin­is­tra­tion fight­ing to bring jobs back to Amer­i­ca, there is a much more pos­i­tive way to look at the robot issue. Per­haps it’s time to start under­stand­ing the con­tri­bu­tion that robots have in keep­ing our econ­o­my alive. A clos­er look at the issue does­n’t have to result in a doom and gloom response. Ulti­mate­ly, robots offer oppor­tu­ni­ties to keep and cre­ate new and bet­ter jobs for Americans.

Robots Strength­en Amer­i­can Businesses

Recent stud­ies are prov­ing that robots will be to thank for hav­ing any man­u­fac­tur­ing strength at all. In fact, robot­ic automa­tion allows com­pa­nies to expand their capa­bil­i­ties, reduce costs, and increase production.

As robot­ic tech­nol­o­gy con­tin­ues to advance (vision capa­bil­i­ties, greater speed, etc.), this can only ben­e­fit more and more Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ers. Equipped with bet­ter tech­nol­o­gy, busi­ness­es can enter new mar­kets and com­pete on a glob­al scale.

Robots Com­bat Offshoring

Off­shoring is an ever-present threat to Amer­i­can jobs, far more grave than robots. Accord­ing to a sur­vey con­duct­ed by Prince­ton Econ­o­mist Alan S. Blind­er, it’s a trend that has the poten­tial to con­tin­ue — pos­si­bly tak­ing as many as 25% of the nation’s jobs.

Robot­ic automa­tion is one of the ways busi­ness­es can remain com­pet­i­tive in the glob­al econ­o­my with­out off­shoring. Robots pro­vide an incred­i­ble ROI and enable com­pa­nies to pro­duce top qual­i­ty prod­ucts for less — the goal of off­shoring. Fur­ther­more, they improve pro­duc­tiv­i­ty, through­put, and prod­uct qual­i­ty — so busi­ness­es can stay strong and stay on Amer­i­can soil.

Robots Cre­ate New, Skilled Jobs

As with the first indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion, new tech­nol­o­gy is chang­ing jobs and requir­ing new skill sets. In many cas­es, labor­ers can tran­si­tion into new posi­tions tak­ing care of and man­ag­ing robot­ic sys­tems; man­u­al welders and engi­neers make for the best robot oper­a­tors. Robot­ic sys­tems are machines; they must have peo­ple work­ing on them who have an inti­mate knowl­edge of the process/​application.

With the intro­duc­tion of robots, many employ­ees have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to move on to high­er paid, more chal­leng­ing roles. Amar Toor of Switched puts it this way: “…robots, like any oth­er new tech­nol­o­gy, will put an even high­er pre­mi­um on edu­ca­tion and skilled labor. Which, in the grand scheme of things, is actu­al­ly a good thing for humanity.”

Not Just Bet­ter Jobs, But Bet­ter Conditions

A lot of the indus­tri­al labor jobs involved in man­u­fac­tur­ing are quite dan­ger­ous, dirty, and dull. By tak­ing over these tasks robots are actu­al­ly sav­ing lives and improv­ing work­er health and morale. With the intro­duc­tion of robots, work­ers can tran­si­tion to less haz­ardous jobs. No longer must work­ers endure the sear­ing heat of foundry fur­naces, risk ampu­ta­tion as a result of a press tend­ing acci­dent, or slump into depres­sion from bor­ing, repet­i­tive work.

The Robot Indus­try Gen­er­ates Jobs

A recent arti­cle from RIA pres­i­dent Jeff Burn­stein under­lined the fact that the robot­ics indus­try itself is also cre­at­ing jobs for Amer­i­cans. The U.S. divi­sions of large robot­ics man­u­fac­tur­ers such as as ABB, Motoman, Fanuc, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and KUKA pro­vide mul­ti­ple employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. In addi­tion, small busi­ness robot inte­gra­tors and com­pa­nies deal­ing in refur­bished robots pro­vide still more job open­ings for engi­neers, labor­ers, fab­ri­ca­tors, and salespeople.

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