Jobs of the Future: Robotics Engineer

Find out what a Robotics Engineer does and what it takes to begin a career in robotics engineering.

The last two decades have seen job markets across the world change drastically, with technological change and economic uncertainty shaping employment opportunities.

In the UK, an increase in automation has reduced roles within retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services, and media and public services have been overhauled by digitalisation and widespread access to the internet.

Despite fewer jobs in many sectors, change has also brought fresh opportunities. From green energy to software programming, data analysis and cyber security, new candidates are needed to supply these recently emerged markets.

The challenge is often a lack of awareness around new roles. Around 75% of parents feel it’s impossible to give relevant career advice in a fast-changing jobs market, and 70% of secondary school students feel unsure about their future careers.

In this series, we aim to shine a light on some of the exciting job roles available to young people. Next up we’re looking at the role of Robotics Engineer.

What is robotics engineering?

Robots are used to complete tasks that are too dangerous, slow, or difficult for humans to complete. Robotics engineers help design, build, and maintain these machines and may work within industries such as automotive and aerospace manufacturing, and medicine.

Robotics engineering requires a combination of data analysis, engineering, and computer science. Robotics engineers use software and mechanical hardware to design, build, and test robots to execute and improve machine-based processes.

What does a Robotics Engineer do?

A Robotics Engineer might design and build prototypes and tests their machines to ensure they complete tasks effectively. Robotics engineers may maintain the software that controls the robots, testing and making sure the processes are operating efficiently.

A role would depend on the industry and business you worked within, and your position, but it might include:

• Researching possible automation
• Design processes using computer aided design
• Designing and testing parts
• Building prototypes
• Finding and fixing robotic faults
• Analysing data from robot sensors and cameras
• Write technical reports on projects
• Discovering new ways to use robots and artificial intelligence

Where do Robotics Engineers usually work?

Most Robotics Engineers go to work in offices, manufacturing plants, or laboratories. You might work in-house for a company or at a specialist robotics engineering site.

How much does a Robotics Engineer earn?

The typical starting salary for a Robotics Engineer starts from around £27,000 and can go up to £55,000+ depending on experience. You would likely work 37-40 hours a week.

What qualifications do you need to become a Robotics Engineer?


Relevant degrees include:

• Artificial intelligence and robotics
• Mechatronics
• Robotics engineering
• Mechanical engineering
• Electronics engineering
• Computer science
• Mathematics

Entry requirements:

• 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics
• Degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study


Relevant courses include:

• Level 3 Certificate in Robotics and Automation
• Level 4 Diploma in Computing
• Higher National Certificate in Electrical or Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements:

• 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
• 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course

Skills you’ll need to have when working as a Robotics Engineer

• Mathematics skills
• Engineering science and technology understanding
• Knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
• Design skills
• Good communication skills
• Aptitude for using and maintaining machines and tools
• Reasoning skills
• Complex problem-solving
• Confident using software packages

We hope you found this useful and understand a bit more about a career in robotics engineering. Are you looking for careers advice? If you are aged under 19, get free advice on the MyDirections website. Powered by the Careers Advisers at C+K, MyDirections provides young people with the information they need to make decisions about the future. Alternatively, get in touch with us on 01484 242000 or email

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