Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
42.6k
Average Age
38.3
Average Salary
$30,537
Average Male Salary
$33,386
Average Female Salary
$29,900

About

Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are most often employed by the Nursing Care Facilities industry. The average yearly wage for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians was $30,537 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians by wage are Cutting workers, Orderlies and psychiatric aides, and Textile machine setters, operators, and tenders.

Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, and 37 more.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are DeKalb County PUMA, IL, Clark County PUMA, OH, and Southside Planning District Commission & Commonwealth Regional Council PUMA, VA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are DeKalb County PUMA, IL, Clark County PUMA, OH, and Suffolk County (East) PUMA, NY.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Nursing Care Facilities is the industry that employs the most Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are paid most in DeKalb County PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in DeKalb County PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$30,537
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,841

In 2020, Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians earned an average of $30,537, $25,417 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Cutting workers make somewhat more than Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians while Orderlies and psychiatric aides make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.401
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.401, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical 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 Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians, by average wage, are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, Other health care services, and Offices of physicians.

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Industries by Share

42.6k
2020 Workforce
± 5,067
25.5%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14.2%

The number of people employed as Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians has been growing at a rate of 25.5%, from 33,946 people in 2019 to 42,603 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians employed by various industries. Nursing Care Facilities employs the largest share of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians at  30.7%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 18.3% and Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 13.6%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians in the US. The average age of male Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians in the workforce is 35.4 and of female Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians is 39, and the most common race/ethnicity for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

7.78k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,165
34.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,581

81.7% of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

55.6% of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 24.3% of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians.

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Age by Sex

35.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4.01
39
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.02

The median age of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians is 38.3, and Male employees are generally 3.61 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians is Health but a relatively high number of Dietetic technicians and ophthalmic medical technicians hold a major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Majors

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