Optometrists (29-1041)

Occupation description:  Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are included in Physicians and Surgeons, All Other (29-1069).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 4353 23.31 23
United States 40,60051,600 27.01,100 1,4502,550

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 56.5325.3939.17 51.0364.9992.33
Alaska 90.2949.5165.96 85.93**
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 91.2945.7662.37 85.69**

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
7320 27.440.4 33.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation3
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation3
UI claimants previously working in occupation0
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 2
Number of job position postings 1
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.0

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Doctoral or professional degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None