This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

55.0% probability

of automation

12.9% growth

projected to 2026

83,300 employed

currently in the US

$47,450 annual wage

US, median ($22.81 hourly)

What they do

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems. Excludes "Sound Engineering Technicians" (27-4014).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 55.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 316 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 83,300 people have this job. They earn $47,450 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,952,585,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $22.81.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 12.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 94,000 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).