Expected growth from 2012-2020:
Dispensing, management and laboratory technician
The right degree for you depends on the industry and company you apply for. Those looking for an entry positions may want to get a certificate or associate’s degree. Some states may also require a license. If you are looking to get into a competitive or advance position, then a bachelor’s degree can be useful in helping you stand out during the hiring process. Learn more by clicking our “Education Required” tab up top.
(all information above provided by the Dispensing Optometry page in the 2012 BLS)
The state with the greatest number of employment opportunities for dispensing opticians is California, where 7,370 jobs are currently being occupied at an average yearly salary of $39,050. Ophthalmic laboratory technicians find the largest number of opportunities in Florida, where 3,190 practitioners make an annual mean wage of $31,740.
Nearly 50% of optometrists operate out of a single, solo practice while the others work in a variety of locations. These include:
Use our interactive map below to find out which areas of the United States are currently experiencing the greatest amount of growth and job availability for graduates looking for a career in Optometry Assisting. The associated information has been gathered from the Bureau of Labor statistics, representing data collected in 2012.
For professionals with a keen eye on future healthcare trends, the optometry industry is one to watch. Also making this career an interesting one to watch is the relatively limited number of accredited optometry schools in the United States compared to the increasing need for an aging population to have their eyes checked. A large number of practicing optometrists is expected to retire in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Optometry certificate programs introduce students to basic principles and procedures that prepare them for careers in front office and technical roles within optometry office.
Doctor of Optometry (OD)
The optometry curriculum is a four-year program that culminates in Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. The degree is required to become a licensed practicing optometrist. Students must first receive a bachelor’s degree.