This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

1.7% probability

of automation

7.6% growth

projected to 2026

32,700 employed

currently in the US

$105,420 annual wage

US, median ($50.68 hourly)

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).