This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.
$30,860 annual wage
What they do
Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.
Risk of automation
This occupation is 97.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 653 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).
People affected and economic value
In the US, 26,600 people have this job. They earn $30,860 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $820,876,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $14.84.
Official growth forecast
This occupation is projected to shrink -20.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 21,100 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).