Survey: Robotics usage on the rise


Robots don’t play a significant role in industries — yet — but respondents expect that to change soon.

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The image of robots working on a factory floor is being replaced with the reality of robots working in a myriad of industries ranging from healthcare and logistics to retail and telecommunications. 

How are these robotic systems affecting these industries? This past June TechRepublic Premium surveyed 234 professionals to find out. 

SEE: More robot and robotic system deployments expected across industries (TechRepublic Premium)

The robots are coming

According to the majority of survey respondents (65%), robots and robotic systems do not play a significant role in their industry right now. However, during the next two-to-three years, 66% believe this will increase significantly or slightly. About a quarter of respondents report that their robotic system usage will not change, 9% are unsure, and only 1% report their robotic systems usage will decrease. 

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The main industries, according to respondents, that will increase their robotics usage in the next few years include: Manufacturing (75%), logistics and delivery (69%), healthcare (58%), agriculture (57%), transportation (49%), mining (47%), telecommunications (47%), and military and public safety (46%). 

Time commitment to robotic systems

Compared to other systems supported by IT, about half of respondents (52%) say that robotic systems will require either slightly more or much more time to support. Eight percent say it will take roughly the same amount of time, and 27% say it will take slightly less or much less time to support. About 14% of respondents are unsure of how much time is needed to support robotic systems. 

Regardless of the time commitment, respondents are in agreement (79%) that IT will support whatever robotic systems are deployed in companies. Of that 79%, 62% say IT support will be significant.

Concern about robot co-workers

As far as physically working alongside robots, 57% or respondents have little to no concerns, while 32% have some safety concerns. Just 11% of respondents are extremely concerned to work side-by-side with robots. 

When it comes to robots working alongside humans safely in general, 68% of respondents are somewhat concerned, 9% are extremely concerned, and slightly less than a quarter have no concern. 

The infographic below contains selected details from the research. To read more findings, plus analysis, download the full report: More robot and robotic system deployments expected across industries (available for TechRepublic Premium subscribers).

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Robotics in the enterprise (free PDF)


Robots have moved off the assembly line and into warehouses, offices, hospitals, retail shops, and even our homes.

This special feature compilation from ZDNet and TechRepublic explores how the explosive growth in robotics is affecting specific industries, like healthcare and logistics, and the enterprise more broadly on issues like hiring and workplace safety. Read all about it in this free PDF ebook.

In the ebook:

  • Robotics in business: Everything humans need to know
  • Survey: Robotics usage on the rise
  • The robots are coming, and this is how they will change the future of work
  • CIO Jury: 58% of tech leaders say robotics will play a significant role in their industry within the next two years
  • How robots are revolutionizing healthcare
  • Robots are changing the face of retail in 2020
  • The growing robot workforce means we’ll need a robot HR department, too
  • Is this the tipping point for delivery by robot?
  • Robots are taking over during COVID-19 (and there’s no going back)
  • Singapore hospital disinfects patient rooms using Xenex Lightstrike robots
  • Robots are learning workplace etiquette at MIT
  • The robots handling your online orders
  • Delivery robots maneuvering to devour food delivery market
  • Robotic watchdogs and wearables enforce social distancing
  • Look out! A low-powered solution to keep robots from crashing
  • Best telepresence robots for business in 2020: Double Robotics, OhmniLabs, Meeting Owl, and more
  • Robotic drones: Coming to a war near you
  • Future of fulfillment: Robots, trikes, and very small spaces
  • Soft robotic hands may soon have a firm grip on the industry
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Hiring Kit: Robotics Engineer

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Finding the right person to fill the role of robotics engineer can be tricky because of the combination of skills required. This kit includes a detailed job description, sample interview questions, and basic want ad to simplify the task.

From the job description:


For many industries and enterprises, manufacturing of any kind is dependent on robotics in some capacity. Automation and the efficiency it brings to the manufacturing process is the technology that can ultimately make or break an enterprise.

Qualified engineers are required to develop, test, and maintain these robotic machines. Finding the right engineer, with the right experience and qualifications, takes effort, determination, and a detailed description of the job at hand. This sample job description for a robotics engineer will help you form a foundation for your enterprise’s next candidate search.

A robotics engineer designs the plans needed to build robots, codes the processes necessary for the robot to run correctly, and develops the procedures the robot will execute once it is built. Sometimes the robotics engineer will also be tasked with designing and building the machines that actually assemble the robots. Only after the design phase has been completed does the engineer move toward assembling the unit. This means a robotics engineer must be a creative designer, a programmer, and a precise engineer—a rare combination of talents.

The position

The company is seeking a self-motivated individual with creative skills in design as well as impeccable skills in precision engineering and programming. The successful candidate will exhibit passion and enthusiasm about engineering, robotics, programming, and the creative process. Candidates will have qualifications, certifications, and experience commensurate with the open position.

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