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.
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:
- Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Opticians was $37,840 in 2019 while
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians earned a mean salary of $34,490 in 2019.1
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.
- Bureau of
Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Opticians,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/opticians-dispensing.htm (visited June 27, 2020).