Healthcare, Medical & Nursing
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Optical Technician

If you want to spend your career helping people correct and improve their vision, produce and repair eyewear, and enjoy the solitude of a laboratory as much as the hustle and bustle of a showroom, an Optical Technician degree or certification could be the perfect fit for you.

Types of Degrees

Optical Technician students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), certification program, or apprenticeship before entering the industry. Some states require licensure and employers prefer to hire certified technicians, with an associate degree providing another competitive advantage and more job opportunities post-grad.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning An Optical Technician Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with an Optical Technician degree includes:

  • Optician
  • Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Opticians was $37,840 in 2019 (1) while Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians earned a mean salary of $34,800 in 2019. (2)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.

References

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.