The other day, I asked my 6 year old son what he wanted to do as a career. My question wasn't to push him to decide on a career, but more out of curiosity to hear about his interests as it relates to a work field. His answer was "either a biologist or roboticist, or perhaps a biology robotics". His current interested include animals and their unique 'powers' and robotics. So he said, why not both? Yes, why not? He knows about biomimicry, the imitation of elements in nature for the purpose of solving human problems. The study of biomimicry has given rise to new technologies inspired by biological solutions at macro and nanoscales.
(Example of biomimicry is a 700 Series Japanese bullet train characterized by its streamlined Kingfisher beak, plus overhead sports serrations inspired by owl feathers.)
So as it relates to areas of study, Payscale released their annual College ROI report for 2014. In it, 8 of top 10 schools are technology focused. PayScale has the salary data to rank hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities based on total cost and alumni earnings. This year's data show how technology is ingrained and a valued part of our society now. When I looked at a similar ranking 20 years ago, the colleges that ranked high were big name Ivy League schools that graduated students for high powered finance or management consulting jobs that returned high salaries. It's true that Ivy League schools tend to be expensive investments, but one would think that at least one school would be on the top 10 list. Princeton is the top Ivy League school in the Payscale report at number 13, followed by Dartmouth College at number 17. Mining, entrepreneur programs (such as at Babson College at number 11), and technology account for 17 of the top 20 schools.
With the market trend of merging hardware and software to build businesses, it would make sense that students have an increased interest in applying technology to the fields of computing and hardware during their college studies. These will be key areas of study for the area of robotics. While I don't know of any Biomimetrics or Biomimicry majors, there are schools that offer courses to study this intersection of biological design and technology. Ten years from now, I wonder how this college ROI list will change?