Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
62%
risk level
POLLING
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LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
14.7%
by year 2032
WAGES
$38,860
or $18.68 per hour
Volume
66,060
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
4.6/10

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Automation risk

62% (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 very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

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

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

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What is the likelihood that Ophthalmic Medical Technicians will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Growth

Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Ophthalmic Medical Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 14.7% 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 'Ophthalmic Medical Technicians' was $38,860, or $18 per hour

'Ophthalmic Medical Technicians' were paid 16.1% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 66,060 people employed as 'Ophthalmic Medical Technicians' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Ophthalmic Medical Technicians'.

Job description

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.

SOC Code: 29-2057.00

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