This occupation has a high probability of automation.

71.0% probability

of automation

14.5% growth

projected to 2026

77,600 employed

currently in the US

$37,860 annual wage

US, median ($18.2 hourly)

What they do

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.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 71.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 391 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 77,600 people have this job. They earn $37,860 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $2,937,936,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $18.2.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 14.5% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 88,900 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).