This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.
$30,580 annual wage
What they do
Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Use hand or mail handling machines to time stamp, open, read, sort, and route incoming mail; and address, seal, stamp, fold, stuff, and affix postage to outgoing mail or packages. Duties may also include keeping necessary records and completed forms.
Risk of automation
This occupation is 94.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 591 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).
People affected and economic value
In the US, 95,500 people have this job. They earn $30,580 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,920,390,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $14.7.
Official growth forecast
This occupation is projected to shrink -7.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 88,300 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).