This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

91.0% probability

of automation

16.4% growth

projected to 2026

15,000 employed

currently in the US

$62,240 annual wage

US, median ($29.92 hourly)

What they do

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in both laboratory and production activities to obtain data indicating potential resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes. Investigate and collect information leading to the possible discovery of new metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum deposits.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 91.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 557 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 15,000 people have this job. They earn $62,240 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $933,600,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $29.92.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 16.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 17,400 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).