This occupation has a low probability of automation.

13.0% probability

of automation

9.8% growth

projected to 2026

20,100 employed

currently in the US

$75,960 annual wage

US, median ($36.52 hourly)

What they do

Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 13.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 180 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 20,100 people have this job. They earn $75,960 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,526,796,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $36.52.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 9.8% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 22,000 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).