During January 2012, corporate recruiters and staffing firms posted over 2,100 online job ads for robotics skills, according to WANTED Analytics, a leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Hiring demand for this skill set has grown steadily over the past three years. This growth represents a 44% year-over-year growth compared to January 2011 and more than double the volume of online job ads in January 2010.
The majority of job listings were seen for engineering and technology positions. More than 650 jobs were advertised online for Engineers, the most of any occupational field, at a 51% year-over-year increase. Technology related jobs that required robotics skills increased as well, up 66% from January 2011. Other fields with high-demand for experience with robotics were healthcare and maintenance and repair positions, both of which also experienced year-over-year increases in the volume of online job ads. The most commonly advertised job titles that included robotics skill requirements were Maintenance Technician, Controls Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Electrical Engineer.
Metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job listings for robotics knowledge during January 2012 were Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Employers in Atlanta not only placed the highest number of online job ads for this skill set, but also saw one of the highest year-over-year increases at more than 160%. Detroit and Chicago also experienced growth in demand versus January 2011, while Recruiters in Boston and Los Angeles placed about 20% fewer job ads for robotics skills compared to last year.
Companies sourcing candidates for jobs that require knowledge to build or operate robotics are likely to find them moderately difficult-to-recruit, with conditions varying slightly by location depending on the available talent supply. According to the Hiring Scale, companies in Detroit are currently experiencing one of the more difficult conditions when recruiting candidates with robotics skills. Hiring demand in Detroit continues to grow, while the local talent pool of qualified robotics-savvy professionals is not growing at the same pace. Employers in this area are likely to compete heavily to attract talent and experience a longer time-to-fill than many other areas across the United States. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that the easiest places to currently recruit robotics skills are Huntsville, Tulsa, and Orlando. These areas are likely to fill job openings faster than the rest of the United States.
The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.