This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

59.0% probability

of automation

-4.7% growth

projected to 2026

6,100 employed

currently in the US

$50,670 annual wage

US, median ($24.36 hourly)

What they do

Operate machinery such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the Earth's surface. Includes shale planers.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 59.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 327 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 6,100 people have this job. They earn $50,670 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $309,087,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $24.36.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -4.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 5,800 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).