This occupation has a high probability of automation.

72.0% probability

of automation

5.2% growth

projected to 2026

10,800 employed

currently in the US

$39,590 annual wage

US, median ($19.04 hourly)

What they do

Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 72.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 396 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 10,800 people have this job. They earn $39,590 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $427,572,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $19.04.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 5.2% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 11,400 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).