Vision Care
Optician

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Salary: $19,435 - $32,076
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Hourly: $9.52 - $15.16
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Outlook: 2 Stars
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Length of Training: up to 2 years
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Length of Training
High school graduates may complete either a two-year Associate degree at a community college or a one-year certificate program to become an optician. The curriculum includes academic course work and clinical practices. An individual may also complete a three-year apprenticeship to become a licensed optician in certain states.

Licensure/Certification
Currently, Texas does not require state licensure. Successful completion of the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) examination and the National Contact Lens Examination (NCLE) allows opticians to apply for the state registry for dispensing contact lenses. (www.abo.org). For Texas’ registry information, go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/optician.

Educational Programs

University or College City Degree*
Austin Community College Austin C
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena C,A
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San Jacinto College: North Campus Houston C,A
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San Jacinto College: South Campus Houston C,A
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Tyler Junior College Tyler C,A
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate