Eyeglass Makers


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Career Cluster
111300
100354
Eyeglass Makers

Eyeglass Makers - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Eyeglass stores
  • Medical equipment and supplies manufacturers
  • Optometrists' offices
  • Doctors' offices

Optical laboratories manufacture eyewear to sell at retail stores. Scientific instrument manufacturers make lenses for instruments such as telescopes or binoculars. Lens grinder and polisher positions are found throughout the nation. Optical manufacturers or laboratories tend to be located in larger cities.

Outlook

Growth for this occupation will be much faster than average. The population of middle-aged and older individuals will increase in the next decade, which is around the age that most people will need to buy corrective lenses. Demand for these workers is also related to fashion trends, which influence how many pairs of glasses people buy.

Procedures such as laser surgery may reduce the number of people who need glasses but overall, should not reduce the need for reading glasses and other corrective measures.

Job openings will occur as current workers retire or leave the occupation. Since this occupation is small, the number of openings will also be small.

Lens Grinders and Polishers (CIS 100354)

Location Employment & Growth >>>> Annual openings



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Illinois
1,963
Small
&
4.2%
5.8%
>>>>
227
Moderate
  Champaign Area
35
Small
&
17.1%
7.0%
>>>>
5
Few
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
29
Small
&
0.0%
5.0%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Cook County
752
Small
&
8.0%
5.6%
>>>>
92
Moderate
  Decatur Area
18
Small
&
5.6%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
99
Small
&
6.1%
9.7%
>>>>
12
Few
  Du Page County
257
Medium
&
4.3%
5.4%
>>>>
30
Moderate
  Edwardsville Area
32
Small
&
-3.1%
5.1%
>>>>
3
Very few
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
13
Very small
&
7.7%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
22
Small
&
0.0%
5.2%
>>>>
3
Few
  Lake County
159
Medium
&
15.7%
8.6%
>>>>
20
Moderate
  McHenry County
42
Small
&
9.5%
6.8%
>>>>
5
Few
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
19
Small
&
15.8%
6.8%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Northwest Illinois Area
34
Small
&
5.9%
3.6%
>>>>
4
Few
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
106
Small
&
2.8%
7.3%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
23
Small
&
-4.3%
4.3%
>>>>
3
Few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
33
Small
&
9.1%
5.7%
>>>>
4
Few
  Rockford Area
67
Small
&
0.0%
7.6%
>>>>
7
Few
  Shawnee National Forest Area
10
Very small
&
10.0%
2.4%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Springfield Area
35
Small
&
2.9%
4.7%
>>>>
4
Few
  St Louis-Belleville Area
39
Small
&
10.3%
6.4%
>>>>
5
Few
  Vermilion County
12
Small
&
8.3%
4.9%
>>>>
1
Very few
  Will County
123
Medium
&
-2.4%
9.1%
>>>>
13
Moderate
United States
30,200
Small
&
7.6%
3.7%
>>>>
3,700
Few
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.