This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

2.1% probability

of automation

7.1% growth

projected to 2026

7,900 employed

currently in the US

$101,570 annual wage

US, median ($48.83 hourly)

What they do

Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 2.1% likely to be automated. It ranks 87 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 7,900 people have this job. They earn $101,570 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $802,403,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $48.83.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 7.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 8,500 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).