CHICAGO — Robotics will provide the U.S. economy with a tremendous jobs opportunity over the next several years, said experts at last week’s Automate show here. However, educational institutions and communities must first work together to bridge the skills gap, according to a discussion about a recent whitepaper, “Work in the Automation Age: Sustainable Careers Today and Into the Future.“
Some industry initiatives are already showing some success as well as strong industry demand, said the report from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). This is demonstrated by excellent pay and benefits as people move from repetitive tasks to working with robots that conduct those tasks.
But more educational and corporate participation is needed to address the continuing demand for skilled workers, said industry and education experts.
Manufacturers struggle to fill positions
According to A3’s research, the skills gap is driving wages and benefits in the manufacturing industry, which is the largest automation user today.
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