This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

2.8% probability

of automation

13.3% growth

projected to 2026

317,600 employed

currently in the US

$47,510 annual wage

US, median ($22.84 hourly)

What they do

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 2.8% likely to be automated. It ranks 102 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 317,600 people have this job. They earn $47,510 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $15,089,176,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $22.84.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 13.3% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 359,700 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).