Used in the design and production of many consumer electronics, lasers, eyeglasses, telescopes, and cameras, optics are an essential piece of many things we use every day. As a trained optical systems technician, you’ll collaborate with engineers and scientists to inspect and test optic lenses. Throughout the process, you can expect to be a part of research and development, design, testing, manufacturing, quality control, sales, and service. Learn more about the field of optics and the advancements that have been made in the last decade.

Career Examples
  • Optical technician
  • Optical systems technician
  • Laser technician
  • Test and quality technician
  • Electro-mechanical technician
  • Electronics engineering technician
Salary Information

The average starting salary in optics is about $35,500 annually, while the median salary comes in over six figures at $113,000.

Keys to Succeeding
  • Ability to keep precise, accurate measurements
  • Good with hand tools
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings
  • Math and mechanical skills
  • Good understanding of the written word