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Opticians, Dispensing (29-2081)

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.
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 152 159 4.61 6 6 13
United States 74500 79900 0.0 3000 3100 6600
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 19.89 12.54 14.68 18.53 24.11 29.90
Alaska 27.64 18.40 22.38 27.55 32.03 37.33
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 28.81 18.72 25.53 29.25 33.52 37.73

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