University of Wisconsin–Madison

Optician (Opt)

Getting Started

  • High School Courses

    High school students should study mathematics, physics, basic anatomy or even mechanical drawing. A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred. Programs in optical technology are usually offered at community colleges. Some employers require completion of an optician program, while others may hire an individual with no formal background in opticianry. Individuals may get on-the-job training or training in the form of an apprenticeship. Certification, which must be renewed every 3 years, can be applied for through the American Board of Opticianry and the National Contact Lens Examiners.

  • Education and Training

    Educational Institutions

    Milwaukee Area Technical College

  • Professional Organizations

    American Board of Opticianry/National Contact Lens Examiners
    6506 Loisdale Rd., Suite 209
    Springfield, VA, 22150
    703/719-5800 or 800/296-1379
    www.abo-ncle.org

    American Optometric Association
    243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO, 63141-7881
    314/991-4100 or 800/365-2219
    www.aoa.org

    Commission on Opticianry Accreditation
    PO Box 592
    Canton, NY, 13617
    703/468-0566
    www.coaccreditation.com

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

    Opticians Association of America
    3740 Canada Rd.
    Lakeland , TN, 38002
    901/388-2423
    www.oaa.org/index.php

    Wisconsin Optometric Association
    6510 Grand Teton Plaza, Suite 312
    Madison, WI, 53719
    608/824-2200 or 800/678-5357
    www.woa-eyes.org

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 1,630
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 75,200
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 93,000
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 24%
Expected Annual Openings: 3,790
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $28,382

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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