This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

97.0% probability

of automation

6.3% growth

projected to 2026

27,500 employed

currently in the US

$40,470 annual wage

US, median ($19.46 hourly)

What they do

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 97.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 665 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 27,500 people have this job. They earn $40,470 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,112,925,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $19.46.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 6.3% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 29,200 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).