Currently working as a contractor for a large company and hoping to parlay that into a full-time opportunity. At the moment, I've not seen too much change in the hiring either at the place that I currently am or the other local firms that I've been watching.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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