Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

risk level
Based on 17 votes
-6.4 %
by year 2032
or $24.17 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

96% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

79% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 96% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders' job openings is expected to decline 6.4% 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.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders' was $50,280, or $24 per hour

'Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders' were paid 8.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 19,320 people employed as 'Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders' 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 'Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders'.

Job description

Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel.

SOC Code: 51-4051.00


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Murdadog (Highly likely) says
They don't have a union, no sick days, no vacation days, they don't burn themselves, no insurance needed = no humans needed.
Sep 17, 2020 at 01:07 AM

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