Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician

Getting Started

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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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