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Robotics Engineers and Technicians
Employment opportunities for robotics engineers and technicians are closely tied to economic conditions in the United States and in the global marketplace. The Robotics Industry Association (RIA) reports that the North American robotics market declined 25 percent in 2009, primarily due to the financial crisis of 2007–08. However, strong gains were posted in the first quarter of 2010, with orders up 16 percent over the fourth quarter 2009. RIA reported that nearly every major user industry increased its purchases in the opening quarter of 2010, and there were particularly strong gains in robot sales to the semi-conductor/electronics/photonics industries as well as food and consumer goods. RIA estimates that some 196,000 robots are now working in U.S. factories, making the United States the world's second largest robotics user, next to Japan. More than one million robots are currently being used worldwide.