This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

0.35% probability

of automation

18.5% growth

projected to 2026

176,500 employed

currently in the US

$55,510 annual wage

US, median ($26.69 hourly)

What they do

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 0.35% likely to be automated. It ranks 8 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 176,500 people have this job. They earn $55,510 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $9,797,515,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $26.69.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 18.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 209,300 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).