Opticians, Dispensing

3.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $18.06 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 54% (Robots are watching)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Manual Dexterity
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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Opticians, Dispensing' job openings is expected to rise 3.7% by 2031
'Opticians, Dispensing' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Opticians, Dispensing' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Opticians, Dispensing' was $37,570, or $18.06 hourly
'Opticians, Dispensing' are paid 17.9% lower than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as opticians, dispensing?

As of 2021 there were 73,270 people employed as Opticians, Dispensing within the United States.
This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Opticians, Dispensing.

Job description

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

SOC Code: 29-2081.00


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Joshua Shelton (No chance) says
Opticians operate at the intersection of math, science, art and humanities. Hard for a robot to do all that- and in a way that satisfies a human being.
Jul 14, 2021 at 09:16 PM
Jeremy Scott (Likely) says
Nov 21, 2019 at 02:43 PM

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