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477 Associate's Degrees Annually
10 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#36 in Popularity (Associate's)
$38,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Optometric Support Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many ophthalmic and optometric support services graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 433
Undergraduate Certificate 273
Basic Certificate 234
Bachelor’s Degree 2

What Optometric Support Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, optometric support majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Optometric Support Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in optometric support should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Skills for Optometric Support Majors

When studying optometric support, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Optometric Support Majors

As a optometric support major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Optometric Support Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with optometric support:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 19.6% $36,530
Opticians, Dispensing 15.1% $37,010

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Optometric Support Services?

433 Associate's Degrees Annually
79% Percent Women
59% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #36 out of all the trade school majors we track. In 2019, about 477 graduates completed their associate’s degree in this field. The major attracts more women than men. About 79% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of optometric support majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 64
Hispanic or Latino 147
White 151
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 39

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Optometric Support, too. About 1.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Vietnam
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Hungary

How Much Do Optometric Support Services Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Optometric Support majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $38,220 to $39,930 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Optometric Support Services Major  ( 38220 to 39930 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some degrees associated with optometric support may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to optometric support have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 32.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 28.2%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 28.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.0%

Online Optometric Support Services Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 84 schools offered some type of ophthalmic and optometric support services program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 30 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 48 1
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Optometric Support Services Worth It?

The median salary for a optometric support grad is $38,220 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to optometric support.

Major Number of Grads
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 86,912
Health & Medical Administrative Services 81,317
Allied Health Professions 81,167
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 77,593
Health Sciences & Services 31,648
Mental & Social Health Services 27,516
Dental Support Services 21,530
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 17,129
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 10,862
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 2,504
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 61

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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