Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians

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Total Workforce

78.6k

Average Age

43.2

Estimated Job Growth

13.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$41,396

Average Male Salary

$49,940

Average Female Salary

$33,537

About

Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are most often employed by the Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing industry. The average yearly wage for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians was $41,396 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians by wage are Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, and Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic.

Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are part of the Production Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of production & operating workers, Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Electrical, electronics, & electromechanical assemblers, Engine & other machine assemblers, Structural metal fabricators & fitters, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, Bakers, Butchers & other meat, poultry, & fish processing workers, Food & tobacco roasting, baking, & drying machine operators & tenders, Food batchmakers, Food cooking machine operators & tenders, Food processing workers, all other, Computer control programmers & operators, Extruding & drawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Forging machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machine tool cutting setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic, Machinists, Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic, Tool & die makers, Welding, soldering, & brazing workers, Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters, Prepress technicians & workers, Printing press operators, Print binding & finishing workers, Laundry & drycleaning workers, Pressers, textile, garment, & related materials, Sewing machine operators, Shoe & leather workers, Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Textile knitting & weaving machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile winding, twisting, & drawing out machine setters, operators, & tenders, Textile bleaching & dyeing, & cutting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Upholsterers, Miscellaneous textile, apparel, & furnishings workers except upholsterers, Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters, Furniture finishers, Sawing machine setters, operators, & tenders, wood, Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing, Miscellaneous woodworkers, including model makers & patternmakers, Power plant operators, distributors, & dispatchers, Stationary engineers & boiler operators, Water & wastewater treatment plant & system operators, Miscellaneous plant & system operators, Chemical processing machine setters, operators, & tenders, Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Cutting workers, Extruding, forming, pressing, & compacting machine setters, operators, & tenders, Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, & kettle operators & tenders, Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, & weighers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Packaging & filling machine operators & tenders, Painting workers, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Adhesive bonding machine operators & tenders, Etchers & engravers, Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic, Paper goods machine setters, operators, & tenders, Tire builders, Helpersproduction workers, and Miscellaneous production workers, including semiconductor processors

The top 3 locations that employ the most Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, by average wage, is Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers. Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are paid most in Lake Forest, Irvine (North) Cities & Silverado PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$41,396

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,973

In 2017, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians earned an average of $41,396, $10,668 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Model makers, patternmakers, & molding machine setters, metal & plastic make somewhat more than Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians while Molders, shapers, & casters, except metal & plastic make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.274

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.274, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, by number of employees, are Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing, Offices of dentists, and Offices of physicians.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, by average wage, are Professional & commercial equipment & supplies merchant wholesalers, Hospitals, and Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

78.6k

2017 Workforce

± 6,882

2%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 12.2%

The number of people employed as Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians has been growing at a rate of 2%, from 77,065 people in 2016 to 78,605 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians employed by various industries. Medical equipment & supplies manufacturing employs the largest share of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians at  36.2%, followed by Offices of dentists with 17.3% and Offices of physicians with 12.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians in the US. The average age of male Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians in the workforce is 44.1 and of female Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is 42.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is White.

Gender Composition

37.7k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,764

40.9k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 4,967

52.1% of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

78.2% of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.21% of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians.

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Age by Gender

44.1

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.81

42.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.59

The median age of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is 43.2, and Male employees are generally 1.78 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians is Health but a relatively high number of Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians hold a major in Biology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians need many skills, but most especially Quality Control Analysis, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Selection, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians are expected to see a growth of 13.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

13.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Medical, dental, & ophthalmic laboratory technicians. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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