Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9083 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Include precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters. Exclude "Opticians, Dispensing" (29-2081).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Adjust lenses and frames to correct alignment. Mount, secure, and align finished lenses in frames or optical assemblies, using precision hand tools. Mount and secure lens blanks or optical lenses in holding tools or chucks of cutting, polishing, grinding, or coating machines. Shape lenses appropriately so that they can be inserted into frames. Assemble eyeglass frames and attach shields, nose pads, and temple pieces, using pliers, screwdrivers, and drills. Inspect lens blanks to detect flaws, verify smoothness of surface, and ensure thickness of coating on lenses. Clean finished lenses and eyeglasses, using cloths and solvents. Select lens blanks, molds, tools, and polishing or grinding wheels, according to production specifications. Examine prescriptions, work orders, or broken or used eyeglasses to determine specifications for lenses, contact lenses, or other optical elements. Set dials and start machines to polish lenses or hold lenses against rotating wheels to polish them manually. Set up machines to polish, bevel, edge, or grind lenses, flats, blanks, or other precision optical elements. Repair broken parts, using precision hand tools and soldering irons.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.06   Entry $18,833.00
Mean $13.94   Mean $28,993.00
Experience $16.38 Experience $34,077.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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51-9083.00 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians