This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

87.0% probability

of automation

-1.3% growth

projected to 2026

14,300 employed

currently in the US

$31,200 annual wage

US, median ($15 hourly)

What they do

Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, and tree planters.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 87.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 502 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 14,300 people have this job. They earn $31,200 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $446,160,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $15.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -1.3% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 14,100 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).