This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

37.0% probability

of automation

19.7% growth

projected to 2026

17,000 employed

currently in the US

$37,160 annual wage

US, median ($17.87 hourly)

What they do

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area. Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 37.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 258 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 17,000 people have this job. They earn $37,160 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $631,720,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $17.87.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 19.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 20,300 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).