This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.
$105,420 annual wage
What they do
Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Risk of automation
This occupation is 1.7% likely to be automated. It ranks 77 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).
People affected and economic value
In the US, 32,700 people have this job. They earn $105,420 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,447,234,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $50.68.
Official growth forecast
This occupation is projected to grow 7.6% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 35,200 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).