This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

68.0% probability

of automation

19.6% growth

projected to 2026

207,900 employed

currently in the US

$73,440 annual wage

US, median ($35.31 hourly)

What they do

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 68.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 379 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 207,900 people have this job. They earn $73,440 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $15,268,176,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $35.31.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.6% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 248,800 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).