This occupation has a high probability of automation.

79.0% probability

of automation

1.2% growth

projected to 2026

119,500 employed

currently in the US

$47,400 annual wage

US, median ($22.79 hourly)

What they do

Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material. Excludes “Carpet Installers" (47-2041), "Carpenters" (47-2031), and "Tile and Marble Setters" (47-2044).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 79.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 433 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 119,500 people have this job. They earn $47,400 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $5,664,300,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $22.79.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 1.2% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 120,900 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).