Learn about the types of people who become opticians. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2023
81% of opticians work in full-time roles while 19% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an optician. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming opticians at a ratio of 1.14 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
76% of opticians are female and 24% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an optician and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an optician and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming an optician than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of opticians are White, making up 60% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 12% and 10% respectively.