This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

3.5% probability

of automation

27.4% growth

projected to 2026

114,000 employed

currently in the US

$84,340 annual wage

US, median ($40.55 hourly)

What they do

Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 3.5% likely to be automated. It ranks 117 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 114,000 people have this job. They earn $84,340 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $9,614,760,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $40.55.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 27.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 145,300 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).