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Optometric Technician

47 Associates's Degrees Annually
#164 in Popularity (Associate's)
$38,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Optometric Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many optometric technician/assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 96
Undergraduate Certificate 87
Associate’s Degree 47

What Optometric Technician Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, optometric technician/assistant 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 Technician/Assistant Majors

Optometric Technician/Assistant 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 Optometric Technician/Assistant Majors

A major in optometric technician/assistant prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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 Optometric Technician/Assistant Majors

As you progress with your optometric technician/assistant 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 Optometric Technician Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with optometric technician/assistant:

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

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

47 Associate's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
94% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 57% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Optometric Technician/Assistant Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 42
White 3
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Optometric Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Optometric Technician/Assistant 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 degrees associated with optometric technician/assistant may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 optometric technician/assistant 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 Optometric Technician Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 schools offered some type of optometric technician/assistant 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) 12 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 10 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 7 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 12 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 Optometric Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a optometric technician/assistant 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 technician/assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 519
Ophthalmic Technician/Technologist 251
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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