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Automation Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Automation Engineer develops and implements testing strategies and toolsets with the goal of increasing process automation. Establishes appropriate measures to validate and report on software quality. Designs and implements test automation to improve system reliability and stability. Designs and supports frameworks for test infrastructure. Provides automation expertise and mentoring.

Job Outlook

There were 1315 Automation Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 27327 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Network Engineer / Architect industry, which includes the Automation Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Automation Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $99,316.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,100.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Automation Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $87,560.

Education and Experience

Posted Automation Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.02%
Bachelor's Degree61.79%
Master's Degree12.84%
Doctoral Degree2.2%
Other3.45%

Posted Automation Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years14.78%
3 to 5 years55%
6 to 8 years20.59%
9+ years9.63%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Automation Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (33.34%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (32.6%)
  • Management (19.68%)
  • Operations (18.6%)
  • Problem Solving (18.02%)
  • Safety Assurance (14.4%)
  • Leadership (11.94%)
  • Planning (11%)
  • Innovation (10.35%)
  • Writing (10.24%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Automation (82.1%)
  • Selenium (Software) (13.87%)
  • Systems Engineering (49.98%)
  • Computer Science (23.51%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (21.26%)
  • Test Automation (28.62%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Workflow Management (7.8%)
  • Project Management (16.9%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (13.16%)
  • Debugging (10.8%)
  • Application Programming Interface (API) (14.42%)
  • Java (Programming Language) (18.23%)
  • Distributed Control Systems (4.48%)
  • Commissioning (7.29%)
  • Scrum (Software Development) (9.44%)
  • Systems Development Life Cycle (5.05%)
  • Human Machine Interfaces (17.86%)
  • Software Testing (7.8%)
  • Test Planning (12.58%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (25.01%)
  • Software Engineering (9.25%)
  • Machinery (4.05%)
  • JavaScript (Programming Language) (10.2%)
  • CI/CD (15.54%)
  • Amazon Web Services (10.41%)
  • Agile Methodology (20.24%)
  • C# (Programming Language) (6.56%)
  • Instrumentation (9.08%)
  • JIRA (9.7%)
  • Scripting (16.02%)
  • DevOps (11.89%)
  • Control Systems (15.83%)
  • Git (Version Control System) (10.29%)
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (10.58%)
  • Linux (8.13%)
  • Microsoft Azure (7.81%)
  • Software Development (13.92%)
  • Electrical Engineering (12.74%)
  • Regression Testing (7.23%)
  • Jenkins (11.9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Appium (4.16%)
  • SoapUI (1.81%)
  • Wonderware (3.44%)
  • TestNG (3.64%)
  • Cucumber (Software) (6.77%)
  • API Testing (4.05%)
  • Automation Controls (6.95%)
  • REST Assured (2.7%)
  • Test Management Tools (2.01%)
  • Selenium Webdriver (3.01%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Cucumber (Software) (7.63%)
  • REST Assured (3.04%)
  • API Testing (4.57%)
  • Selenium Webdriver (3.4%)
  • Automation (92.53%)
  • Test Automation (32.26%)
  • Computer Science (26.5%)
  • Selenium (Software) (15.63%)
  • SoapUI (2.04%)
  • Test Management Tools (2.26%)
  • TestNG (4.1%)
  • Appium (4.69%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Automation Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Quality Assurance Automation Engineer
  • Test Automation Engineer
  • Automation Controls Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Network Automation Engineer
  • Cloud Automation Engineer
  • Software Automation Engineer
  • Software Test Automation Engineer
  • DevOps Automation Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Automation Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Leidos (590)
  • Actalent (544)
  • CDM Smith (437)
  • KPMG (339)
  • Randstad (325)
  • Apple (194)
  • The College Board (191)
  • ManpowerGroup (189)
  • Eli Lilly (177)
  • Marriott International (174)

North Carolina

  • Actalent (49)
  • Randstad (49)
  • Eli Lilly (35)
  • Novo Nordisk (30)
  • MetLife (23)
  • Wells Fargo (22)
  • Kforce (15)
  • KPMG (15)
  • Zachary Piper Solutions (15)
  • Motion Recruitment (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!