This occupation has a moderate probability of automation.

34.0% probability

of automation

11.7% growth

projected to 2026

107,700 employed

currently in the US

$46,800 annual wage

US, median ($22.5 hourly)

What they do

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 34.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 247 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 107,700 people have this job. They earn $46,800 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $5,040,360,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $22.5.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 11.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 120,300 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).