What Do They Do?
People with an optical technician degree spend most of the day in a laboratory setting, not working with customers. Employees coat lenses, grind and shape them for glasses frames, and create contact lenses according to prescriptions. Most of the time, these people are alone in the lab, making it a good fit for introverts.
Employees often work weekend and evening hours, especially in a retail setting. For example, some eye doctor offices are open on Saturdays or during weeknights, to accommodate patient’s schedules. As a result, an optical technician may work during those times to help as needed.
Workers sometimes directly help patients by repairing eyeglasses or doing contact lens sizing exams. Those employed in smaller settings, such as retail, tend to take on these extra tasks like moving from the back lab to the front desk or eyeglass fitting room.