Agrotechs are getting more attention from employers in the past year.
More than 1,000 companies have reported hiring an AgroTechnology engineer, up from 923 in 2016, according to the Agro-Tech Job Board.
Agro Techs are also becoming increasingly popular in the healthcare space, which has seen a surge in applications.
According to a recent report by Accenture, the Healthcare Technology Industry employs more than 5 million people.
Agros, however, account for less than 2 percent of that number.
In 2017, the Agrotech Lab at MIT developed a robotic arm that can perform simple tasks, such as picking up a tablet or taking a picture.
And Agrotechnics, the world’s largest maker of agrotechnic sensors, announced in April that it had launched a $100 million funding round to continue development of its new agrotech-enabled robot arm.
While some of the biggest agroteching companies are still focused on automation, AgroTechnologies are increasingly turning their attention to the growing field of artificial intelligence, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to process information in real-time.
In January, for instance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology unveiled a $50 million AI platform that will help software developers build intelligent tools.
“There’s been a lot of interest in Agrotechenics for the last couple of years because of the growing interest in AI,” says Adam V. Dolan, senior vice president and general manager of the AI Labs at SAP.
“We’re really excited to see what the future holds.”