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As technology continues to advance, the need for automation engineers in businesses is becoming increasingly necessary. But what exactly does an automation engineer do and why should your company consider hiring one? In this blog post, we will discuss the role of an automation engineer, the skills they possess, and the average hourly rate you can expect to pay for their services.

What Do Automation Engineers Do?

An automation engineer is responsible for creating and implementing automated systems and processes within a company. This includes designing, developing, testing, and maintaining automated tools and systems that improve efficiency and productivity. They work closely with other teams, such as software engineers and quality assurance, to identify areas where automation can be implemented and to ensure that the automated systems are functioning properly.

Skills Required of Automation Engineers

To be a successful automation engineer, one must possess a combination of technical skills and soft skills. Some of the essential technical skills include programming languages such as Python, Java, or C++, as well as experience with test automation tools like Selenium or Appium. They should also have  a strong understanding of software development and database management. Additionally, automation engineers need to have excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work in a team.

What Is the Hourly Rate for Automation Engineers?

The hourly rate for an automation engineer can vary depending on their level of experience, location, and the complexity of the project they are working on; however, the average hourly rate for an automation engineer in the United States is $84. Rates can range from $55 to over $100 per hour.

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On Guru, businesses can connect with skilled automation engineers across the globe. To start your hiring process, create a free account and post a job. Add details such as the job title and a clear description of the work. Be specific about the skills you need. Define your payment terms and list any location preferences. Submit your job, and receive quotes from freelancers within hours. Review and analyze the freelancers' quotes along with their ratings, feedback, previous projects, skills, experience, and certifications. Send a message to those freelancers who best suit your needs, then select the right person for the job. Pay the freelancer(s) for the completed work through Guru.com's secure payment system, SafePay, and leave feedback on the freelancer. 

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