This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

57.0% probability

of automation

3.9% growth

projected to 2026

67,300 employed

currently in the US

$49,770 annual wage

US, median ($23.93 hourly)

What they do

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 57.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 319 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 67,300 people have this job. They earn $49,770 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $3,349,521,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $23.93.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 69,900 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).