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Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Job Information

Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters.


  • Around 58 percent of jobs were in medical equipment and supplies manufacturing, usually in small, privately owned businesses.
  • Most technicians learn their craft on the job, but many employers prefer to hire those with formal training.
  • Faster than average employment growth is expected for dental and ophthalmic laboratory technicians, while average employment growth is expected for medical appliance technicians.
  • Job opportunities should be favorable because few people seek these positions.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $28,750/yr ($14.38/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma