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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/16/pittsburghs-self-driving-car-boom-means-200000-pay-packages-for-robotics-grads.html

There's a war for talent in Pittsburgh's booming autonomous car market.

It started with Uber and now includes Argo AI, which is majority owned by Ford, and a start-up called Aurora Innovation. With so much hiring, it's a good time to be at the city's prized academic institution, Carnegie Mellon University.

Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon's computer science school, said that computer vision graduates right out of college are commanding pay packages of $200,000, which he described as "unheard of for any role until recently."
 

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https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/16/pittsburghs-self-driving-car-boom-means-200000-pay-packages-for-robotics-grads.html

There's a war for talent in Pittsburgh's booming autonomous car market.

It started with Uber and now includes Argo AI, which is majority owned by Ford, and a start-up called Aurora Innovation. With so much hiring, it's a good time to be at the city's prized academic institution, Carnegie Mellon University.

Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon's computer science school, said that computer vision graduates right out of college are commanding pay packages of $200,000, which he described as "unheard of for any role until recently."
Only for the first few hundred programmers, but I think that this niche for self driving robotics would be quickly saturated. Robotics in general for drones and autonomous systems would continue to be in demand.
 

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This is interesting because it encapsulates the current economic situation. College educated folks make good livings working to eliminate jobs for high school graduates. It's been happening for many years. In fact it was the driving force behind Wall Street and private buy out firms. This particular thread of innovation is truly remarkable though. It's like the new gold rush. My friends in Silicon Valley have been saying for a few years now that if you have anything to do with autonomous driving and have a pulse, you're golden.

I'll note that pay packages are usually the start. Options are also prized. Not sure if the $200K figure includes those or not.
 
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