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Optometrists (29-1041)

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).
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 62 67 8.06 1 1 2
United States 42100 46100 0.0 800 500 1700
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 60.31 29.21 43.84 56.76 70.06 94.14
Alaska 70.52 44.33 54.67 61.56 69.80 *
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 65.67 42.11 48.17 59.25 66.08 *

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