The writing is on the wall. The software robots (bots) are coming. The Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market, just $250 million in 2016, will grow to $2.9 billion by 2021, according to Forrester.
You will want to get in on this exciting new technology trend. You know you do. After all, the leading online education marketplace, Edureka, named RPA one of the top 10 tech skills to learn in 2018. And why not? Today, the average salary for an RPA professional in the United States is almost 30% higher than salaries for general programmers or software engineers, and two to three times higher than entry-level jobs for non-technical workers.
Going the extra mile and getting certified in RPA will also boost your income. Global Knowledge found that 83% of IT professionals in North America possess IT certifications. And, in the United States, the average salary for a certified IT professional is $8,400 (or 11.7%) higher than for those without certifications.
Hiring certified professionals is also beneficial for employers. Forty-four percent of IT hiring managers say employees with certifications complete work more swiftly. Thirty-three percent say they’re more efficient implementing systems, and 23% says they deploy products and services faster while making fewer errors.
It’s easy. Take one of the hundreds of RPA training classes that are now being offered — both online and at numerous classroom locations around the world. But selecting the right education platform can be challenging. The market is crowded and getting more so as sharp-eyed newbies jump into what they perceive as a lucrative new training marketplace opportunity. The global RPA platform training market was $158 million in 2016 and is expected to grow 27% to $201 million in 2021, according to a study by market research firm Technavio.
But not all RPA training courses are made equal. That’s why you have to be careful. Here’s what to look for when choosing an RPA training vendor:
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Arvind Thothadri, vice president of global training and certification, is a seasoned business professional with extensive experience in learning and technology. He's been instrumental in incubating and growing many businesses to profitable entities.