Opticians, dispensing

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2019 Workforce
68.1k
Average Age
44
Estimated Job Growth
4.07%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$39,599
Average Male Salary
$49,723
Average Female Salary
$35,898

About

Opticians, dispensing are most often employed by the Health & personal care, except drug, stores  industry. The average yearly wage for Opticians, dispensing was $39,599 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Opticians, dispensing by wage are Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, Printing press operators, and Gaming services workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Opticians, dispensing are Orlando City (Univ. of Central Florida) & Union Park PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Opticians, dispensing are Orlando City (Univ. of Central Florida) & Union Park PUMA, FL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Opticians, dispensing and on wages and locations for those in the field. Health & personal care, except drug, stores is the industry that employs the most Opticians, dispensing, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Opticians, dispensing, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Opticians, dispensing are paid most in Orlando City (Univ. of Central Florida) & Union Park PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Orlando City (Univ. of Central Florida) & Union Park PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,599
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,888

In 2019, Opticians, dispensing earned an average of $39,599, $15,925 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Printing press operators make somewhat more than Opticians, dispensing while Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Opticians, dispensing as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.296
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Opticians, dispensing had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.296, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Opticians, dispensing (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 Opticians, dispensing.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Opticians, dispensing.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Opticians, dispensing, by number of employees, are Health & personal care, except drug, stores , Offices of optometrists, and Offices of physicians.

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Industries by Share

68.1k
2019 Workforce
± 6,407
4.14%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 12.9%

The number of people employed as Opticians, dispensing has been growing at a rate of 4.14%, from 65,416 people in 2018 to 68,125 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Opticians, dispensing employed by various industries. Health & personal care, except drug, stores employs the largest share of Opticians, dispensing at  49.4%, followed by Offices of optometrists with 29% and Offices of physicians with 8.16%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Opticians, dispensing in the US. The average age of male Opticians, dispensing in the workforce is 46.5 and of female Opticians, dispensing is 43.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Opticians, dispensing is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

18.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,315
49.9k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,483

73.2% of Opticians, dispensing are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Opticians, dispensing.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Opticians, dispensing
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

71.8% of Opticians, dispensing are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12% of Opticians, dispensing, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Opticians, dispensing.

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Age by Gender

46.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.89
43.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.58

The median age of Opticians, dispensing is 44, and Male employees are generally 3.38 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Opticians, dispensing from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Opticians, dispensing is Business but a relatively high number of Opticians, dispensing hold a major in English.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Opticians, dispensing from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Opticians, dispensing need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Opticians, dispensing need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Persuasion, and Speaking.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Opticians, Dispensing from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Opticians, Dispensing are expected to see a growth of 4.07% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

4.07%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Opticians, Dispensing. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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