Will "Machinists" be replaced by AI & Robots?

It's quite likely this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 54% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Robots are watching

or 65% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $21.35 hourly

Most likely
Least likely

How this compares with other jobs: 364 out of 707

Cast Your Vote

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job description

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

SOC Code: 51-4041

If you're thinking of starting a new career, or looking to change jobs, we've created a handy job search tool which might just help you land that perfect new role.

Search jobs in your local area


Tim Postma (Highly likely) says
Machinists are very likely to be automated because of additive manufacturing especially 3D Printing , even though i am not employed, i have however been personally studying the topic of automation for at least 4 years on some of my spare time almost everyday
May 03, 2019 at 06:11 PM
Gabriel (Small chance) says
Currently a machinist, as a disclosure.

Currently, there is this ongoing idea that the field of machining is slated to be overrun by automation. What this fails to take in to account is the fact that this has already largely happened. Machinists themselves are growing fewer in number and greater in age. CNC Machines have made a large number of machining processes and related workers redunant, but this revolution took place decades ago already.
Apr 24, 2019 at 08:06 PM
Ron Leffers says
I think that machinist will have to some day work with robots and computer machines.
Jun 05, 2020 at 03:21 PM

Leave a reply about this occupation

Your email address will not be published.
Email (optional)