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Engineering and technology

Robots are used in place of people in a variety of industries. Automated welding, painting, sorting, cutting, loading, pressing and crushing are all well established.

Astronauts often use robotics aeronautic technology to do their work. Robots are also used in research and development. "In general, robots are custom designed and built by the scientists that will be using them," says Skip Carter, a robotics technologist in California.

Robots also venture into areas that are dangerous to humans. They work in areas with hazardous materials, in outer space and in toxic or inhospitable locations.

The people who design and create these hardy machines are called robotics technologists, sometimes referred to as robotics and automation technologists.

  • This career requires a combination of mechanical, electrical and computer skills
  • The majority of work is hands-on
  • Look for programs in robotics and automation