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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 43029$28.89/hr$15.28/hr$15.28/hr$28.78/hr$39.90/hr$41.50/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities200$15.28/hr
Professional and Business Services30$21.33/hr
Education and Health Services550$33.11/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA N/A$29.07/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$26.13/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$25.40/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$25.40/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$23.35/hr18.8%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 60$23.78/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 60$23.30/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$24.51/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$26.11/hr24.4%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 90$23.63/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 150$29.73/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 430$28.78/hr9.1%
Minnesota 790$26.12/hr10.5%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Pharmacy Technicians 8,050$23.32/hr1.7%
Dental Assistants 6,000$31.16/hr7.2%
Medical Assistants 11,840$24.23/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.