risk level
Based on 379 votes
by year 2032
or $16.82 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

62% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

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

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

35% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 62% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Barbers' job openings is expected to rise 8.3% 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.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Barbers' was $34,990, or $16 per hour

'Barbers' were paid 24.4% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 12,690 people employed as 'Barbers' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 11 thousand people are employed as 'Barbers'.

Job description

Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair; trimming beards; or giving shaves.

SOC Code: 39-5011.00


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@mcfc_seb (Highly likely) says
You have priters 3d with such a details. Im not saying its gonna be barber “come&go”. It will be something like head scan first, then programmed hair style, so you put kind of helmet and wait. They will have all your data for the next time.
Nov 23, 2023 at 02:54 PM
WS says
The day when robots become dexterous enough to get into barbering is the day when humans will be rendered completely useless.
Nov 16, 2023 at 02:46 PM
Tarcísio (Low) says
It's very difficult because if you use a machine, the client might move, but it's not impossible.
Mar 22, 2023 at 01:13 AM
NMS (No chance) says
It'll be a long time before anyone trusts a robot with a razor blade near their neck. Robots still lack dexterity, and people seem to underestimate how insanely good humans are at hand-eye coordination. Also, people like their barber's being human. It's a very personal job and hairstyles are an expression of individuality for some.
Dec 22, 2022 at 06:02 PM
Johnny (Highly likely) says
Robots can make this process much more accurate and efficient
Oct 19, 2022 at 04:12 PM
Zielony Kapelusznik (Low) says
I think that no robotic "hands" will be able to replace human hands in styling hair or cutting hair. After all, it wouldn't be very safe, due to the risk of injuring the person being cut, because even with perfect accuracy, the software may just not be able to adjust the way of cutting to each client's head.
Mar 15, 2022 at 05:26 PM
Aakash (Low) says
I don't think so. The precision of hand control needed to do that is comparable to that of a surgeon.
Nov 26, 2021 at 03:30 PM
Jake says
I’ll be surprised if it can even do a skin fade
Jun 06, 2021 at 08:30 PM
oooooo (Low) says
Mostly unlikely. Robots do not have the Dexterity for such tasks yet and still far from that stage
Jan 10, 2021 at 03:29 PM
Bernard Everstein (No chance) says
not cost effective, high risk factor, artistic decisions, not a chance this job is leaving human hands
Oct 20, 2020 at 09:08 PM
Robotslayer says
That's nonsense. Robots cannot have the same attention to detail and dexterity humans have. Maybe in 100 years.
Sep 24, 2020 at 05:32 PM
Mart (No chance) says
Robots will highly likely never have the same attention to detail, technique, resourcefulness or dexterity to do a skin fade!
May 12, 2020 at 08:29 PM
ben Franklin (Low) says
we will probably not be that advanced yet in society
Sep 09, 2019 at 05:14 PM
Chazzadog420 says
This is reassuring thanks
Jun 12, 2019 at 05:06 AM

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