Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

risk level
Based on 17 votes
by year 2032
or $19.92 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

75% (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

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

63% 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 75% chance of automation.

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What is the likelihood that Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation' job openings is expected to rise 5.8% 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 2022, the median annual wage for 'Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation' was $41,440, or $19 per hour

'Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation' were paid 10.5% lower 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 22,740 people employed as 'Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 6 thousand people are employed as 'Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation'.

Job description

Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or crops. Usually requires specific training and state or federal certification.

SOC Code: 37-3012.00


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BioNem (No chance) says
I'd personally love to see it haha but there's no way. haha. They would need to be able to drive around to residences, load products into tanks, be able to maintain equipment multiple times a day that will become dirty and inoperable, ect... I would be surprised to see it in my lifetime
Jul 16, 2023 at 12:46 AM

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