You might have heard automation being referred to as the future of work, but should you be considering it as the future of your career?
Automation, the techniques used to remove human intervention from processes, has long been considered the future of our working habits. By automating repetitive, time-consuming tasks, organisations are able to free up team members for more cost-effective and dynamic tasks. But while it may be the future of working for many, there is still only a small number who have considered automation as a career path. There are however many reasons to consider a career in automation.
The numbers alone point to a fruitful career for many in automation.
The growth of RPA automation in numbers
The first of these numbers is between 75 and 375 million.
That is the number of people it is estimated will look to reskill and switch careers by 2030. This wave of people looking to reskill and train will be driven by digital transformation across all workplaces. Employees will be needed to provide businesses with skills based in robotics, automation management, analytics, AI, cyber security and cloud services.
By starting your development in automation already you have the chance to position yourself ahead of the curve. We can already see the demand growing, in fact, the sector demand for Process Automation has grown by over 40% in recent years.
At the time of writing this blog, a simple internet search found thousands of job openings requiring skills in automation. From this, and current trend predictions we can determine that those who consider a career in automation won’t have to look far for job openings. As the demand for their skills increase, so does the financial rewards on offer.
According to uk.talent.com the entry salary for an RPA developer is around £37,500 and the average RPA developer goes on to earn £47,000 a year. The most experienced in the field can go on to earn over £67,000 a year, giving those within the field a clear motivation to do well.
Putting aside the numbers around RPA development, there are many reasons why someone would want to consider a career within the field. One of these is the variety the sector offers its workers. With the number of businesses already or expected to deploy RPA within the coming years, those within the sector have the chance to work with a diverse range of processes within many different organisations.
Further diversity comes from the types of careers to those within RPA. Some people might decide to continue working within RPA development, while others move on to looking at RPA solution architecture or design. This would build on the skills they have learnt as an RPA developer, using them to build and design the actual solutions for businesses.
Another path within RPA to consider is RPA Analyst, sometimes referred to as a business analyst or process analyst, this role is more involved in the business-related aspects of automation. With a strong understanding of RPA development, an RPA Analyst can understand current processes and identify opportunities for automation and improvement.
Finally, someone within RPA can progress to become an RPA Project Manager, which would mix any RPA education with the responsibilities of handling a project on time and within budget. Working within Automation also gives workers the opportunity for exposure to some of the most exciting and emerging technologies. An example of this is Artificial Intelligence (A.I) RPA uses A.I in the form of intelligent processes. This pairs the elements of automating tasks with A.I to process unstructured data or using A.I to improve task performance over time.
At the School of Automation, we recognise the potential for young people to develop an exciting career with automation across the UK and Ireland. That is why we have made it our mission to create the ideal environment for talented individuals to fast-track themselves into future employment by providing them with the education and industry skills required. Those who complete our 12-week training program are guaranteed an interview for future paid employment, they are also then supported for at least 12 months depending on their location.
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