This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

42.0% probability

of automation

3.8% growth

projected to 2026

33,200 employed

currently in the US

$38,630 annual wage

US, median ($18.57 hourly)

What they do

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats. Excludes “Conservation Scientists” (19-1031) and “Foresters” (19-1032).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 42.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 278 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 33,200 people have this job. They earn $38,630 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,282,516,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $18.57.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 34,500 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).