Will the Rise of Automation and Robots Put You out of a Job, or Give You a New One?
With the recent rise of robots and automation in the manufacturing industry, many people are worried that they are limiting the job potential for human workers. However, recent research is still unclear as to whether this is true and some point to robots as actually having a positive impact on job growth. Our experts at MiQ Partners explore this issue and the role of custom automation companies in it in our blog below.
What Does the Data Say?
A whitepaper released by the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) examined data that showed a positive correlation between industrial robot shipments and US job growth, which was concluded using statistics gathered from the Bureau of Labor. The paper takes these statistics and compares them with robot shipment data as well as reports from various US manufacturing firms.
“Today’s robotics offer US manufacturers improvements in efficiency that are driving up profits and employment,” reads the introduction. “At the same time, changes in domestic workforces are opening up new opportunities for worker advancement, and rising overseas labor costs are positioning the next wave of productivity and job growth in the US. While not widely understood, the correlation between robotics implementation and employment growth is clear.”
Although the positive correlation is promising, it must be noted that A3 is the parent organization of the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) and supports the benefits of automation. Given this support, it’s not surprising that they are focusing on data that spotlights the benefits of robots on job growth.
In the realm of manufacturing, robots are taking jobs that are typically too dull or dangerous for humans, which is seen by many as a benefit. Add to this the fact that these kinds of manufacturing jobs are no longer sought after by skilled labor workers and it makes sense that robots may be able to replace human jobs without actually harming job growth.
With the demand for automated robots increasing, so does the demand for engineers and technicians to create and maintain them. In fact, research has predicted that by 2016, approximately two to three jobs will be directly created for each industrial robot, and two to three more will be created indirectly as downstream jobs.
Although the research is still growing and evolving along with the industry, automation and the increased use of robotics seems to have a positive impact on the growth of jobs as well as the safety and productivity of the manufacturing field. For more information on the latest advancements in the industry, take a look at our blog here.