This occupation has a very low probability of automation.

7.7% probability

of automation

6.0% growth

projected to 2026

17,000 employed

currently in the US

$71,270 annual wage

US, median ($34.26 hourly)

What they do

Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 7.7% likely to be automated. It ranks 158 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 17,000 people have this job. They earn $71,270 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,211,590,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $34.26.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 6.0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 18,000 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).