Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
68%
risk level
POLLING
76%
Based on 27 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
3.5%
by year 2032
WAGES
$36,280
or $17.44 per hour
Volume
5,380
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
2.0/10

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Automation risk

68% (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:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

76% 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 68% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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Growth

Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators' job openings is expected to rise 3.5% 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.

Wages

Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators' was $36,280, or $17 per hour

'Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators' were paid 21.7% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 5,380 people employed as 'Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 27 thousand people are employed as 'Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators'.

Job description

Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.

SOC Code: 51-9151.00

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