This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

95.0% probability

of automation

-10.0% growth

projected to 2026

76,200 employed

currently in the US

$34,920 annual wage

US, median ($16.79 hourly)

What they do

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 95.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 624 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 76,200 people have this job. They earn $34,920 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,660,904,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $16.79.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -10.0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 68,500 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).