By 2020, robotics growth will accelerate the talent race and might leave 35% of robotics-related jobs vacant, IDC has forecasted in its 2017 Worldwide Robotics Predictions.

IDC Manufacturing Insights in the study revealed key drivers for robotics and how these can shape the development of robotics from year 2017 through 2020.

"Technological development in artificial intelligence, computer vision, navigation, MEMS sensor and semiconductor technologies continue to drive innovation in the capability, performance, autonomy, ease of use, and cost-effectiveness of industrial and service robots," said Dr. Jing Bing Zhang, IDC Asia/Pacific research director for robotics.

Zhang also revealed major robotics trends that are set to present opportunities and challenges to IT leaders in the coming years.

Robot as a Service. By 2019, 30% of commercial service robotic applications will be in the form of a "Robot as a Service" business model, reducing costs for robot deployment.

Chief Robotics Officer. By 2019, 30% of leading organisations will implement a chief robotics officer role and/or define a robotics-specific function within the business.

Evolving competitive landscape. By 2020, companies will have a greater choice of vendors as new players enter the $80 billion ICT market to support robotics deployment.

Robotics talent crunch. By 2020, robotics growth will accelerate the talent race, leaving 35% of robotics-related jobs vacant while the average salary increases by at least 60%.

Robotics will face regulation. By 2019, the government will begin implementing robotics-specific regulations to preserve jobs and to address concerns of security, safety and privacy.