Optics Technicians


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Optics Technicians

Introduction

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...

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Median Salary

$32,620

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma


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Experience

Two years' experience or training


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Salaries and wages vary according to the aspect of the industry and the type of work the technician is doing.

Among the lowest paid workers in the general occupation of optics technicians are optical laboratory technicians (OLTs). According to PayScale.com, in May 2020 OLTs earned salaries that ranged from $21,406 to $42,595.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2019 ...

Work Environment

In some polishing and hand-figuring rooms, and in the first assembly rooms, it is sometimes necessary to provide special dust, humidity, and temperature controls. Technicians are required to wear clean, lint-free garments, and to use caps and overshoe covers. These rooms are widely used whenever the work requires the most meticulous cleanliness, since a single piece of lint might cause the loss...

Outlook

The field of optics technology and manufacturing should have slower than average growth coming years. Employment of photonics technicians is expected to increase slowly in manufacturing as firms invest in automated machinery. Most job openings will arise from the need to replace technicians who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force. Only a small number of job openings will be c...

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