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How to Become a Robotic Scientist

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Robots are now a routine part of many manufacturing operations. Medical robots help doctors perform surgeries once thought impossible and even more exotic devices travel into space where humans cannot go. Robotics science is actually a branch of engineering. Robotics scientists and engineers are skilled professionals who carry out the research, design and development of robotics systems. They are responsible for ensuring robots are cost-effective, reliable, and safe. Robotics scientists also make sure robots perform their functions properly. Robotics is a rapidly changing field because advancing technology continues to open new possibilities. Salaries in 2010 ranged from $48,000 to $122,000, with a median of $90.000, according to O*Net Online.

Earn a high school diploma or GED. This is required for admission to a Bachelor of Science program in engineering. You should take high school courses in physics and mathematics. Other classes that are helpful include computer science and electronics.

Enroll in an accredited engineering program. Engineering programs are approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. A list of accredited schools is available on the ABET website (see Resource). Typically, prospective robotics scientists study mechanical, computer or electrical engineering; although there are specialized programs in robotics at some schools.

Take the courses required to earn a bachelor’s degree. Basic courses include mathematics, physics, engineering analysis and design methodology. For robotics science, you also must take courses in fundamentals of robotics, computer science, computer systems design and industrial applications.

Continue your education by earning a master’s degree in robotics engineering. Entry-level jobs are often open to those with bachelor’s degrees. However, for many positions, employers require a master’s degree. At the master's level, take advanced courses that focus specifically on robotics.

Comply with your state laws regarding licensing. Not all states require a license for a robotics scientist or engineer, but some do. You may have to earn certifications in particular specialties as well. For example, an employer might require certification in a particular computer language.

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