This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

47.0% probability

of automation

5.2% growth

projected to 2026

73,600 employed

currently in the US

$28,770 annual wage

US, median ($13.83 hourly)

What they do

Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 47.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 287 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 73,600 people have this job. They earn $28,770 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,117,472,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $13.83.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 5.2% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 77,400 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).