Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

risk level
Based on 35 votes
-2.5 %
by year 2032
or $28.18 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

80% (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

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

80% 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 80% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders' job openings is expected to decline 2.5% 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.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders' was $58,620, or $28 per hour

'Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders' were paid 22.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 11,400 people employed as 'Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 13 thousand people are employed as 'Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders'.

Job description

Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain, into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships, using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.

SOC Code: 53-7121.00


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Noobmaster69 (No chance) says
I don't think Robots would be able to drive safely in crowded cities where people are jay walking and cars are cutting you off. And besides, even if Truck driving is automated, someone still needs to be behind the wheels.
Jul 03, 2021 at 04:04 PM

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