This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

60.0% probability

of automation

-7.7% growth

projected to 2026

450,000 employed

currently in the US

$46,750 annual wage

US, median ($22.48 hourly)

What they do

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 60.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 331 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 450,000 people have this job. They earn $46,750 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $21,037,500,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $22.48.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -7.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 415,500 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).