This occupation has a very high probability of automation.
$41,450 annual wage
What they do
Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes “Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).
Risk of automation
This occupation is 88.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 517 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).
People affected and economic value
In the US, 47,200 people have this job. They earn $41,450 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,956,440,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $19.93.
Official growth forecast
This occupation is projected to grow 0.2% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 47,300 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).