"python," "test scripts," and "plc" aren't the only skills we found automation engineers list on their resumes. In fact, there's a whole list of automation engineer responsibilities that we found, including:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an automation engineer. We found that 65.4% of automation engineers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 15.3% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most automation engineers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every eight automation engineers were not college graduates.
Those automation engineers who do attend college, typically earn either a electrical engineering degree or a computer science degree. Less commonly earned degrees for automation engineers include a mechanical engineering degree or a computer engineering degree.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become an automation engineer. We've found that most automation engineer resumes include experience from Arrow Electronics, Lumina, and General Dynamics. Of recent, Arrow Electronics had 493 positions open for automation engineers. Meanwhile, there are 221 job openings at Lumina and 198 at General Dynamics.
If you're interested in companies where automation engineers make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Google, Bloomberg, and Gilt Groupe. We found that at Google, the average automation engineer salary is $143,342. Whereas at Bloomberg, automation engineers earn roughly $141,492. And at Gilt Groupe, they make an average salary of $133,758.
In general, automation engineers fulfill roles in the technology and manufacturing industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the automation engineer annual salary is the highest in the technology industry with $91,712 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the retail and manufacturing industries pay $83,428 and $83,383 respectively. This means that automation engineers who are employed in the technology industry make 17.5% more than automation engineers who work in the automotive Industry.