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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 112
Undergraduate Certificate 79
Basic Certificate 57
Bachelor’s Degree 3

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

Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to ophthalmic technician/technologist:

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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

Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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?

112 Associate's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 85% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 31
White 59
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Ophthalmic Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to ophthalmic technician/technologist is $38,220. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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. 4.3%

Online Ophthalmic Technician Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 schools offered some type of ophthalmic technician/technologist 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) 5 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 13 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 0
Post-Baccalaureate 5 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 519
Optometric Technician/Assistant 230
Other Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions 25

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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