This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

88.0% probability

of automation

19.4% growth

projected to 2026

12,600 employed

currently in the US

$66,160 annual wage

US, median ($31.81 hourly)

What they do

Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 88.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 515 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 12,600 people have this job. They earn $66,160 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $833,616,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $31.81.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 15,000 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).