This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

48.0% probability

of automation

7.1% growth

projected to 2026

6,300 employed

currently in the US

$54,580 annual wage

US, median ($26.24 hourly)

What they do

Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters. Excludes “Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas" (47-5021) who may also work with explosives.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 48.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 292 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 6,300 people have this job. They earn $54,580 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $343,854,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $26.24.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 7.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 6,800 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).