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Eyecare Specialist

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Eyecare Specialists and Opticians who work as part of a group optometry or medical practice work with optometrists and ophthalmologists to provide eye-related medical care to patients. Other common work environments include stores that sell eyeglasses, contact lenses, visual aids, and other optical goods. These stores may be stand-alone businesses or parts of larger retail establishments, such as department stores.

Graduates of the Eyecare Specialist program at North-West College will be eligible to accept entry-level positions as a technician work as a technical assistant under a doctor’s supervision and are qualified to take the American Association of Opticianry examination. There are also jobs in optical laboratories, optical merchandising firms, fashion boutiques and other lens-related businesses.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

  • Ophthalmology offices
  • Optometric offices
  • Optical laboratories
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Specialty lens-related eyecare centers
  • Drug stores, pharmacies and department stores
  • Other health care related facilities

Quick Facts about Eyecare Specialists*

  • Employment of Eyecare Specialists and Dispensing Opticians is projected to grow 24 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The growth in the older population is anticipated to lead to greater demand for eye care services, as people usually have eye problems more frequently as they age.
  • Optometrists and ophthalmologists are increasingly offering glasses and contact lenses to their patients as a way to expand their businesses, leading to a greater need for Eyecare Specialists in those settings.
  • Increasing rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes may also increase demand for opticianry services because some chronic diseases cause vision problems.
  • About half of opticians worked in offices of optometrists or offices of physicians in 2014.
*Source: information, including median wages and the job outlook for Eyecare Specialists in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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