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.


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

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