This occupation has an extremely high probability of automation.

97.0% probability

of automation

11.9% growth

projected to 2026

29,100 employed

currently in the US

$34,220 annual wage

US, median ($16.45 hourly)

What they do

Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters. Excludes ÔÇťOpticians, Dispensing" (29-2081).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 97.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 656 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 29,100 people have this job. They earn $34,220 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $995,802,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $16.45.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 11.9% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 32,500 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).