This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

93.0% probability

of automation

-5.4% growth

projected to 2026

71,400 employed

currently in the US

$34,370 annual wage

US, median ($16.52 hourly)

What they do

Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics. Excludes “Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-9196) and "Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-6042).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 93.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 584 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 71,400 people have this job. They earn $34,370 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,454,018,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $16.52.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -5.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 67,500 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).