Ophthalmic Medical Technicians (29-2057)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 5767 17.51 12
United States 37,00046,100 24.7910 3701,280

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.8111.9314.02 17.0820.8724.68
Alaska 19.5914.7116.21 18.2622.3827.89
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 20.8815.2316.76 19.4423.8130.24
Fairbanks North Star Borough 17.4912.0715.63 17.2618.8923.22

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
777 9.122.9 10.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation15
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation4
UI claimants previously working in occupation2
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 20
Number of job position postings 9
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.2

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

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None