|Quick Facts: Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians|
|2010 Median Pay||
$27,970 per year
$13.45 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||29,800|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||13% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||3,800|
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians make prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. They are also commonly known as manufacturing opticians, optical mechanics, or optical goods workers.
Ophthalmic laboratory technicians work in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing laboratories, health and personal care stores, and offices of ophthalmologists and optometrists. They often have limited contact with the public.
There are no formal postsecondary education requirements for becoming an ophthalmic laboratory technician, and most technicians have at least a high school diploma. Technicians usually learn their skills on the job.
The median annual wage of ophthalmic laboratory technicians was $27,970 in May 2010.
Employment of ophthalmic laboratory technicians is expected to increase 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
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