Optics Technicians

Optics technicians design, fabricate, assemble, or install optical instruments, such as telescopes, microscopes, aerial cameras, and eyeglasses. The most common types of optics technicians are precision-lens technicians and precision-lens grinders (sometimes called ophthalmic technicians), and photonics technicians.

In general, these careers may be distinguished from one another in the following ways: Precision-lens technicians handle the whole range of manufacturing activities to fabricate the lenses that go into optical and optomechanical devices. Precision-lens grinders grind, polish, cement, and inspect the lens. Photonics technicians install, maintain, or actually use the optical or optomechanical devices for scientific and engineering measurements and projects.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Ophthalmic Technicians, Precision-Lens Grinders, Photonics Technicians, Precision-Lens Technicians
Duties Design, fabricate, assemble, or install optical instruments, such as telescopes, microscopes, aerial cameras, and eyeglasses
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Two years' experience or training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Optical Engineer, Research and Development
  • Research and Development Technician
  • Optics Technician
  • Optics Technician Assistant

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