This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

88.0% probability

of automation

-5.1% growth

projected to 2026

25,500 employed

currently in the US

$37,890 annual wage

US, median ($18.22 hourly)

What they do

Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 88.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 514 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 25,500 people have this job. They earn $37,890 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $966,195,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $18.22.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink -5.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 24,200 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).