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63 Percent of Automation Engineering Professionals Believe Industry Standards Will Be ‘Extremely Important’ in the Future: ISA Survey

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A survey of automation engineering professionals conducted by the International Society of Automation (ISA) found that most respondents believe standards will play a big role in the industry’s future.

RTP, NC—July 20, 2020—The International Society of Automation (ISA) recently surveyed 290 people in the automation engineering field to discover their thoughts on industry standards. The survey shows that 63 percent of respondents believe that standards will be “extremely important” in the future.

Conducted in June 2020, the online survey received 290 responses from automation engineering professionals, primarily from the United States, Europe, and Canada. 42 percent of respondents described themselves as engineers, 21 percent as consultants, 15 percent as managers, and 8 percent as executives. The remaining 14 percent reported as a mix of technicians, operators, salespeople, marketers, or other roles. Survey respondents most commonly worked at system integrators (35 percent), asset owners (30 percent), or automation providers (22 percent).

Most survey respondents (77 percent) said they are ISA members. 41 percent of respondents said they have more than 30 years of experience in their field; 26 percent said they have 20 to 30 years of experience; 21 percent said they have 10 to 20 years; 12 percent said they have 0 to 10 years.

The findings of the ISA survey confirm that automation engineering professionals rely on industry standards. Survey respondents suggested that standards are essential to maintaining excellence in their work. In general, respondents have a positive outlook about standards, and they believe that standards will continue to be just as critical, if not more so, in the future.

The International Society of Automation (http://www.isa.org) is a non-profit professional association founded in 1945 to create a better world through automation.


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