Opticians, Dispensing

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
54%
risk level
POLLING
51%
Based on 68 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
3.7%
by year 2032
WAGES
$44,170
or $21.23 per hour
Volume
76,770
as of 2023
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
3.9/10

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Automation risk

54% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

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

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

51% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 54% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Opticians, Dispensing will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Sentiment

The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)

Growth

Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Opticians, Dispensing' job openings is expected to rise 3.7% 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

Low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Opticians, Dispensing' was $44,170, or $21 per hour

'Opticians, Dispensing' were paid 8.1% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 76,770 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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Comments

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 (Moderate) says
ITS BECAUSE I WANT TO WATCH THE WORLD BURN
Nov 21, 2019 at 02:43 PM

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