This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

96.0% probability

of automation

10.6% growth

projected to 2026

60,200 employed

currently in the US

$45,490 annual wage

US, median ($21.87 hourly)

What they do

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Excludes “Surveyors" (17-1022), "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 96.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 635 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 60,200 people have this job. They earn $45,490 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,738,498,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $21.87.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 10.6% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 66,600 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).