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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required