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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 6985 23.23 38
United States 44,50053,200 19.51,600 2,2004,670

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 18.0312.0514.18 17.2721.1925.10
Alaska 20.2115.3016.79 19.0922.8327.90
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.2315.7417.50 20.2923.6329.83

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
9713 13.416.3 11.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation19
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation8
UI claimants previously working in occupation8
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 22
Number of job position postings 4
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.5

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

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