Optical Laboratory Technician

Optical Laboratory Technician

Duties and Responsibilities: After receiving orders from optometrists and opticians, optical lab technicians cut polish and grind lenses for prescription classes or create prescription contact lenses. In some cases, an optical lab technician may create lenses for products like binoculars, microscopes, and telescopes. This position relies on computer equipment and automated tools to make the lenses. The final product is always examined by an optical lab technician before it is sent off to the customer.

Salary: $15,000 – $20,000

Education: There are very few educational requirements for becoming an optical technician. Most technicians learn the required skills through hands-on training. Employers generally expect technicians to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Most businesses will start the training process with basic tasks such as marking and blocking lenses followed by more advanced skills like edging, grinding, and cutting lenses.

Reflection: I think I wouldn’t mind being one

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