This occupation has a low probability of automation.

14.0% probability

of automation

7.2% growth

projected to 2026

7,300 employed

currently in the US

$103,010 annual wage

US, median ($49.52 hourly)

What they do

Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs. Excludes "Petroleum Engineers" (17-2171).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 14.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 189 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 7,300 people have this job. They earn $103,010 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $751,973,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $49.52.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 7.2% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 7,900 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).