This occupation has a low probability of automation.

14.0% probability

of automation

17.3% growth

projected to 2026

40,200 employed

currently in the US

$117,580 annual wage

US, median ($56.53 hourly)

What they do

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).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 14.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 188 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 40,200 people have this job. They earn $117,580 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $4,726,716,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $56.53.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 17.3% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 47,100 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).