This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

81.0% probability

of automation

3.5% growth

projected to 2026

13,800 employed

currently in the US

$57,860 annual wage

US, median ($27.82 hourly)

What they do

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 81.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 444 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 13,800 people have this job. They earn $57,860 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $798,468,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $27.82.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 14,300 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).