This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

85.0% probability

of automation

19.7% growth

projected to 2026

19,600 employed

currently in the US

$51,240 annual wage

US, median ($24.64 hourly)

What they do

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 85.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 488 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 19,600 people have this job. They earn $51,240 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,004,304,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $24.64.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 23,500 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).