Optometric Technician

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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

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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