This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

0% probability

of automation

-3.8% growth

projected to 2026

268,100 employed

currently in the US

$26,840 annual wage

US, median ($12.9 hourly)

What they do

Attend to live farm, ranch, or aquacultural animals that may include cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses and other equines, poultry, finfish, shellfish, and bees. Attend to animals produced for animal products, such as meat, fur, skins, feathers, eggs, milk, and honey. Duties may include feeding, watering, herding, grazing, castrating, branding, de-beaking, weighing, catching, and loading animals. May maintain records on animals; examine animals to detect diseases and injuries; assist in birth deliveries; and administer medications, vaccinations, or insecticides as appropriate. May clean and maintain animal housing areas. Includes workers who shear wool from sheep, and collect eggs in hatcheries.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 0% likely to be automated. It ranks of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 268,100 people have this job. They earn $26,840 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $7,195,804,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $12.9.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -3.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 258,100 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).