Opticians, Dispensing (29-2081)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 148178 20.33 47
United States 75,20093,000 23.71,780 2,0003,790

Job outlook

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


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.7010.5713.00 16.7521.6126.70
Alaska 21.0814.0416.72 20.9825.5028.80
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 20.4514.0716.56 20.3723.9527.92

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
17225 14.534.0 26.1
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation40
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation8
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 72
Number of job position postings 18
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.0

Alaska Licensing Information

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

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training