Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician

Career Overview

Ophthalmic laboratory technicians use specialized equipment to produce and clean eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other optical components.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain these positions. Some organizations may require that students complete a program related to ophthalmic laboratory technology. These programs are typically offered through colleges.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$20,000 /yr
$30,000 /yr
$51,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Art
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Science - as much as possible!
Work Environment

Typically, ophthalmic laboratory technicians work for medical equipment and supply manufacturing organizations as well as individual stores that sell eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada