This occupation has a low probability of automation.

16.0% probability

of automation

14.5% growth

projected to 2026

33,700 employed

currently in the US

$147,030 annual wage

US, median ($70.69 hourly)

What they do

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 16.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 193 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 33,700 people have this job. They earn $147,030 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $4,954,911,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $70.69.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 14.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 38,600 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).