Military Opticians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Opticians are highly skilled eye care professionals who undergo rigorous and extensive training. They design and dispense eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision aids, and prosthetic ocular devices for customers. They also provide eye examinations and assist with frame selection and manage clinic offices.

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Work Environment

Opticians normally work in optometric clinics.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Opticians in the Military

217

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Salary

Average Salary

$74,267

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 42%
  • Post-secondary certificate 26%
  • High school 23%
  • Some college 3%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Opticians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Preparing and fitting glasses and contact lensesVision testingMaintenance of optometric instrumentsPatient careKnowledge of ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy, and physiologyComprehension of optical laboratory supply and administrationUnderstanding of optical laboratory procedures

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Clerical
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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