This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

43.0% probability

of automation

6.0% growth

projected to 2026

21,300 employed

currently in the US

$112,860 annual wage

US, median ($54.26 hourly)

What they do

Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods. Excludes “Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists" (13-1161).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 43.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 282 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 21,300 people have this job. They earn $112,860 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,403,918,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $54.26.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 6.0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 22,500 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).