This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

48.0% probability

of automation

-7.6% growth

projected to 2026

294,900 employed

currently in the US

$85,180 annual wage

US, median ($40.95 hourly)

What they do

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 48.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 293 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 294,900 people have this job. They earn $85,180 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $25,119,582,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $40.95.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -7.6% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 272,300 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).