This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

2.1% probability

of automation

9.0% growth

projected to 2026

19,900 employed

currently in the US

$69,290 annual wage

US, median ($33.31 hourly)

What they do

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 2.1% likely to be automated. It ranks 86 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 19,900 people have this job. They earn $69,290 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $1,378,871,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $33.31.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 9.0% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 21,700 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).