Airfield Operations Specialists

5.0/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $24.68 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 47% (Start worrying)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Airfield Operations Specialists' job openings is expected to rise 12.9% by 2030
'Airfield Operations Specialists' is expected to be a very fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Airfield Operations Specialists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Airfield Operations Specialists' was $51,330, or $24.68 hourly
'Airfield Operations Specialists' are paid 22.4% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 10,590 people employed as Airfield Operations Specialists.
This represents around 0.01% of the employed workforce across the United States.

Job description

Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel, dispatching, using airfield landing and navigational aids, implementing airfield safety procedures, monitoring and maintaining flight records, and applying knowledge of weather information.

SOC Code: 53-2022.00

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George (No chance) says
I know that those that do not do the work dream of automating these jobs, but they require manual dexterity, often require travel to remote locations, and require a broad knowledge of systems and trouble shooting. AI is only about 80% effective with trouble shooting, robots are limited by power needs and/or tethers and do not travel well, and the manual dexterity for removing, repairing, modifying, and replacing equipment just isn't there yet. Oh, and it must be accomplished in weather extremes, on top of towers, etc. They aren't just lighthouse keepers.
Nov 07, 2019 at 03:32 PM

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