This occupation has a high probability of automation.

77.0% probability

of automation

11.9% growth

projected to 2026

34,600 employed

currently in the US

$47,930 annual wage

US, median ($23.05 hourly)

What they do

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 77.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 419 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 34,600 people have this job. They earn $47,930 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,658,378,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $23.05.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 11.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 38,800 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).