This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

95.0% probability

of automation

10.3% growth

projected to 2026

1,197,900 employed

currently in the US

$28,560 annual wage

US, median ($13.73 hourly)

What they do

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units. Excludes "Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse" (45-2092).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 95.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 623 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 1,197,900 people have this job. They earn $28,560 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $34,212,024,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $13.73.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 10.3% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 1,321,200 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).