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112 Associates's Degrees Annually
3 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#125 in Popularity (Associate's)
$38,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Ophthalmic Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many ophthalmic technician/technologist graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 84
Basic Certificate 58
Undergraduate Certificate 55
Bachelor’s Degree 2

What Ophthalmic Technician Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to ophthalmic technician/technologist and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in ophthalmic technician/technologist 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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.

Skills for Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Majors

When studying ophthalmic technician/technologist, 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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  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Majors

As you progress with your ophthalmic technician/technologist degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Ophthalmic Technician Major?

People with a ophthalmic technician/technologist degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 19.6% $36,530

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Ophthalmic Technician?

84 Associate's Degrees Annually
86% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 86% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of ophthalmic technician/technologist majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 10
Hispanic or Latino 20
White 43
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

How Much Do Ophthalmic Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist majors often go into careers with median salaries of $38,220. This median refers to 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.

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Some careers associated with ophthalmic technician/technologist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for ophthalmic technician/technologist careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 43.5%
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) 30.4%
Some College Courses 8.7%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
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. 4.4%

Online Ophthalmic Technician Programs

In 2019-2020, 28 schools offered a ophthalmic technician/technologist program of some type. 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) 12 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 11 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Ophthalmic Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a ophthalmic technician/technologist 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 ophthalmic technician/technologist.

Major Number of Grads
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 501
Optometric Technician/Assistant 216
Other Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions 37

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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