Airfield Operations Specialists

risk level
Based on 20 votes
by year 2032
or $24.58 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

44% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

39% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 44% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Airfield Operations Specialists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Airfield Operations Specialists' job openings is expected to rise 8.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Airfield Operations Specialists' was $51,140, or $24 per hour

'Airfield Operations Specialists' were paid 6.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 18,320 people employed as 'Airfield Operations Specialists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 8 thousand people are employed as 'Airfield Operations Specialists'.

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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