University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician

Getting Started

  • High School Courses

    High school students should study mathematics and the sciences. A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred. Technicians may start out as trainees in a laboratory, while others may take a program through a technical school or the Armed Forces. Some technicians become opticians, although additional training is required.

  • Education and Training

    There currently are no programs for Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians in Wisconsin.

  • Professional Organizations

    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    655 Beach Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94109
    415/561-8500
    www.aao.org

    Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
    2025 Woodlane Dr.
    St. Paul, MN, 55125-2998
    651/731-2944 or 800/284-3937
    www.jcahpo.org

    National Academy of Opticianry
    8401 Corporate Dr., Suite 605
    Landover, MD, 20785
    800/229-4828
    www.nao.org/

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 450
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 30,200
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 33,200
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 10%
Expected Annual Openings: 1,020
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $39,388

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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