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Work Environment

Opticians normally work in optometric clinics.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $28,603 - $247,184


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 assist with frame selection and manage clinic offices.

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 lenses
  • Vision testing
  • Maintenance of optometric instruments
  • Patient care
  • Knowledge of ophthalmic optics ocular anatomy and physiology
  • Comprehension of optical laboratory supply and administration
  • Understanding of optical laboratory procedures

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

Related Civilian Careers

  • Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
  • Ophthalmic Medical Technologists