Lucrative RPA jobs, and what they entail

Robotic process automation – otherwise known as RPA – increases productivity and unlocks high-value work. It also creates new jobs as it absorbs old, tedious work.

Increased RPA adoption in companies around the globe, then, is creating a host of new job opportunities. Whether it’s directly in the RPA field or RPA-adjacent, plenty of potential career avenues are opening.

Here, we look at some of the lucrative RPA jobs out there today.  

Why pursue an RPA job?

The RPA sector is fast growing. The market size is set to grow to $10.4 billion US dollars by 2023.

This results in a high demand for workers to fill RPA jobs. And currently, there’s a low supply of people entering them. This high demand/low supply has seen the compensation for such jobs grow. Indeed, the average salary in the RPA industry is roughly 30% higher than traditional programming roles.

Not only is robotic process automation a lucrative field, but it’s a secure one, too.

In these times of increased automation use, worry about job security is rife. That is, employees across several fields question whether or not a job is futureproof, or leads to a dead-end career. RPA jobs present no such concern.

As automation adoption accelerates, and its applications diversify, the need for RPA workers will only grow.

RPA jobs entering the market

So, what kind of RPA jobs are currently entering the market? Here are just 7 lucrative opportunities.

1.      RPA developers

One of the most obvious roles in the RPA industry is the role of the developer. An RPA developer will need to be comfortable with programming and handling data.

RPA developers can come in two varieties. They may be the people that will work creating the robotic process automation software itself – the solution that companies buy. Or, they may be the people inside a company that has just purchased RPA software, who then custom-implement it internally.

The developer role will often also include tasks such as bug fixes and maintenance.

2.      RPA analysts

Anyone with a business analyst background could transition to this entry in the RPA jobs list. The job of an analyst in robotic process automation entails studying business processes and re-imagining how they can be automated. In the process, the RPA analyst saves the company time and money.

3.      RPA tester

A continuous process that comes with deploying robotic process automation is testing. And, as such, ‘tester’ is another of the RPA jobs available. Testing is about making sure the RPA works during the development lifecycle. The goal is to catch errors right at the start, so they don’t cause problems later.

4.      RPA monitors

RPA monitors keep an eye on the bots and automated processes. They make sure that the rules continue to work as desired, even following the usual updates and evolutions that the technology — and businesses — undergo.

5.      Support engineers

Companies that offer robotic process automation software as a product or service will need support engineers. These are the tech support customer service team that helps users troubleshoot and fix problems they may have with their RPA software.

6.      Ethics specialists

RPA jobs aren’t all technical in nature. For example, ethics specialists are needed to ensure that the software is used appropriately. Many people derive their sense of self from their job. So, during the disruption of automation projects, an ethics specialist will ensure that team members get the needed support, training and so on. They’ll ensure that the technology is being used ethically.

Ethics specialists may also need to consider and outline how human workers will interact with machines when ‘digital workers’ are fully underway.

7.      Change agents

The growing presence of robotic process automation means disruption. And some team members may be uneasy with the changing work environment.

That’s where RPA change agents come in. An RPA change agent works with teams to promote RPA technology and practical use in the workplace. They enable the changes to happen, and they support team members through the transition to using and embracing RPA.

Robots taking jobs

Robotic process automation is indeed absorbing some jobs. But in the process, it’s also creating exciting new careers.

Whether you’re an experienced programmer, or only have the most basic technical skills, there are lucrative RPA jobs available and waiting.

Useful links

A beginner’s guide to BPR

Is automation ethical?

ELI5: What is a change agent?