This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

68.0% probability

of automation

8.4% growth

projected to 2026

17,200 employed

currently in the US

$62,200 annual wage

US, median ($29.9 hourly)

What they do

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 68.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 377 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 17,200 people have this job. They earn $62,200 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,069,840,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $29.9.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 8.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 18,600 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).