According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
ophthalmic laboratory technicians are expected to experience employment
growth of 15 percent from 2008 - 2018, faster than the average for all
Demographic trends make it
likely that many more Americans will need vision care in the years
ahead. Not only will the population grow, but also the proportion of
middle-aged and older adults is projected to increase rapidly. Middle
age is a time when many people use corrective lenses for the first time,
and the need for vision care continues to increase with age. However,
the increasing use of automated machinery will temper job growth for
ophthalmic laboratory technicians.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.