This occupation has a near certain probability of automation.

98.0% probability

of automation

0% growth

projected to 2026

681,400 employed

currently in the US

$33,150 annual wage

US, median ($15.94 hourly)

What they do

Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments. Prepare items for shipment. Duties include assembling, addressing, stamping, and shipping merchandise or material; receiving, unpacking, verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material; and arranging for the transportation of products. Excludes "Stock Clerks and Order Fillers" (43-5081) and "Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping" (43-5111).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 98.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 679 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 681,400 people have this job. They earn $33,150 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $22,588,410,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $15.94.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to shrink 0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 681,400 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).