Earth Drillers
(Except Oil and Gas)

risk level
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by year 2032
or $24.87 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

66% (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.

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

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Finger Dexterity

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas' job openings is expected to rise 9.1% by 2032

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


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas' was $51,740, or $24 per hour

'Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas' were paid 11.7% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 19,010 people employed as 'Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 7 thousand people are employed as 'Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas'.

Job description

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap subsurface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

SOC Code: 47-5023.00


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Paul Azzopardi (Low) says
sample drilling provided to clients is mostly by feel, hear, see or touch by the driller, would be very challenging for Technolgies to provide an adequate sample for the customer. As for blast hole drilling, in which Technologies has already commecned, the technique is all about punching holes in the ground for blasting to crews to fill, and to break up the rock in the ground, which would be perfect for automation.
May 22, 2023 at 11:32 AM

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