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Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota  11      

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services1,040$29.50/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/A16.5%
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$27.27/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$24.05/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$21.81/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 70$23.56/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 70$29.03/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 70$24.16/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 80$23.59/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$22.81/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 100$23.59/hr18.8%
Central Minnesota 110$27.34/hr24.4%
Rochester MN MSA 150$33.18/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 210$33.18/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 540$30.24/hr9.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 590$30.24/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,070$28.83/hr10.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Pharmacy Technicians 7,880$21.95/hr1.7%
Dental Assistants 5,890$30.56/hr7.2%
Medical Assistants 12,120$23.96/hr16.1%

  • Measure visual acuity, including near, distance, pinhole, or dynamic visual acuity, using appropriate tests.
  • Conduct tonometry or tonography tests to measure intraocular pressure.
  • Take and document patients' medical histories.
  • Operate ophthalmic equipment, such as autorefractors, phoropters, tomographs, or retinoscopes.
  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications.
  • Measure and record lens power, using lensometers.
  • Conduct ocular motility tests to measure function of eye muscles.
  • Conduct visual field tests to measure field of vision.
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment.
  • Assist physicians in performing ophthalmic procedures, including surgery.