There are currently an estimated 77,600 opticians in the United States. The optician job market is expected to grow by 15.1% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are opticians?

CareerExplorer rates opticians with a B employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 15,400 opticians. That number is based on 11,700 additional opticians, and the retirement of 3,700 existing opticians.

What’s the supply of opticians?

The optician industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Optician job market by state

State Name Employed Opticians
California 7,600
Texas 6,100
Florida 4,900
Michigan 3,650
New York 3,440
Illinois 3,350
Ohio 3,240
Pennsylvania 2,970
Indiana 2,140
Minnesota 1,960
Wisconsin 1,900
Arizona 1,810
North Carolina 1,800
Virginia 1,780
Tennessee 1,760
Massachusetts 1,750
Missouri 1,590
Georgia 1,540
New Jersey 1,390
Colorado 1,370
Washington 1,280
Oregon 1,240
Louisiana 1,150
Maryland 1,130
Alabama 1,090
South Carolina 1,050
Kentucky 1,040
Iowa 910
Oklahoma 870
Kansas 840
Nebraska 810
Puerto Rico 790
Connecticut 720
Utah 710
Nevada 560
New Hampshire 550
Arkansas 520
Idaho 490
Mississippi 470
South Dakota 430
New Mexico 390
North Dakota 390
Delaware 390
Maine 370
Montana 350
West Virginia 310
Hawaii 300
Rhode Island 290
Wyoming 260
Alaska 130
Vermont 80