University of Wisconsin–Madison

Optometric Technician

Getting Started

  • High School Courses

    High school students should study health, biology, mathematics, keyboarding and other related courses. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Formal programs are offered at a limited number of vocational/technical schools and colleges throughout the United States. Individuals can earn a diploma from a one-year program or an associate degree from a 2-year program. Course work may include classes in anatomy & physiology, ocular anatomy, optical properties of light and lenses, pretesting procedures, specialty testing procedures, contact lenses, and eyewear fitting. Upon completion of a formal training program, individuals may become a Certified Optometric Technician through the National Council on Paraoptometric Certification. With formal training and one year employment working with an ophthalmologist individuals may be certified as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

  • Education and Training
  • 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

    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/

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

    Wisconsin Paraoptometric Association
    Tami Travis-Wolfgram, President
    11624 Sherwood Lane
    Arbor Vitae, WI, 54568
    715/297-3546 (Private number)
    wpa-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

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