What is the Salary for a Robot Programmer?
For those trying to earn more than dad did, here are some professional careers in demand for the future that you may not be aware of. "Robot Programmer" sounds like an occupation created by Rod Serling, but it's actually a real career that reportedly pays between $40K and $100K. A robot programmer uses a PC and hand-held controller to calibrate the robots' parts and movement. This is important because today's robots are performing more sophisticated tasks, such as checking blood samples. Not surprisingly, this job requires extensive training for the human.
Choosing a Career for My Future
If you enjoy mapping and diseases, you might want to consider a career as a Disease Mapper. This career pays $40,000 to $150,000 per year, and involves researching and tracking infectious diseases and epidemics. A disease mapper will use info from NASA satellites to calculate the temperature, rainfall and other variables of an area that is hit by a disease. He or she will then combine this info with infection rates to create a "map" and predict where it will next spread. To pursue this lovely field, you need a Ph.D. or master's in a tech field, and expertise of a particular disease (no, colds do not count).
The Best Future Careers
Do you have network administrator experience, data analytics and writing skills? If so, you may want to think about working as an Information Engineer. This career pays you $70K to $100K to sit in front of computer monitors and analyze hundreds of gigabytes of data from millions of web users. Your job is to make note of trends, explain glitches within computer networks, and record what new web features are hits or misses.
Careers from Home
Are you an attorney who is web-friendly, or an Internet-savvy real estate agent? More real life professionals are turning to the virtual world of SecondLife.com. In fact, Salary Stories interviewed an embedded reporter who was paid real money to chronicle the imaginary world. SecondLife.com has about 2 million members, of which, 25,000 are entrepreneurs. Their online careers mirror real life, with people buying/selling land, designing clothes and jewelry for cartoon-like avatars, and creating pets!
Linden Labs, which created SecondLife.com, says 116 members made $5000 in February of this year. Additionally, members use SecondLife.com's virtual surroundings to network with clients for real world transactions. According to Money.CNN.com, one lawyer earned $7K during his first two weeks on SecondLife.com.
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Dr. Al Lee