This occupation has a very high probability of automation.

88.0% probability

of automation

0.2% growth

projected to 2026

47,200 employed

currently in the US

$41,450 annual wage

US, median ($19.93 hourly)

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).