Within the next six years, predicts a report recently issued by research firm Tractica, the revenue market for construction robots is set to increase from $22.7 million to more than $226 million. But while this development may sound ominous for an industry that's long been resistant to automation (and the worker job loss often associated with it), these construction robots may actually expand the range of job opportunities within the construction industry.
What These Robots Will Do
By 2025, Tractica predicts that there will be more than 7,000 new robots being used in a wide range of construction projects, from demolition to 3D printing construction components. The three broad categories for robot specialization include infrastructure, structure, and finishing, with different automation needs in each stage of the process.
For example, a robot bricklayer can quickly place bricks with accuracy and precision, freeing up worker time to perform tasks that are less easily outsourced. Robot demolition teams combined with human cleanup crews can reduce the risk of construction site injury by allowing workers to maintain a safe distance until walls come down.
What The Construction Industry Should Expect
Right now, most of the robots available have been snapped up by mega construction firms and are less often seen among the lineup of smaller contractors and subcontractors. But this is set to change in the near future as new inventions are honed and revised to become easier (and cheaper) to produce. Additionally, as new models come out, it seems likely that these mega-firms will begin the upgrade process that will place gently-used robots on the resale market.
The advent of robotics in the construction industry means that engineering, IT, and electronics troubleshooting specialties in the construction field are likely to open up in a major way. If you've wanted to make the transition into the construction industry and have a background in robotics or IT (or if you're already in the construction industry and would like to step back from manual labor in the near future), there's never been a better time to make the switch.