Factories in the U.S. and around the world are adding robots to their workforce at a faster pace. That pace is expected to pick up even more over the next decade.
A study from the Boston Consulting Group estimates among the world's 25-biggest export nations, robot use will grow by 10% a year at manufacturing and industrial companies through 2025.
Leading the robot charge is cost. The price to automate factory jobs has dropped considerably. The report notes the cost of owning and operating a spot welder is down nearly $50,000 a year from 2005 and should drop another $30,000 by 2025.