You have probably heard about some of the great programs we offer here at NCE. Over the years we have successfully helped hundreds of young adults start rewarding careers as HVAC technicians, electrical technicians, lab assistants, phlebotomists, medical billers and medical assistants. But you might not have heard about one of our newest programs: our Optical Assistant program.
Because this program is so new and exciting, we decided to dedicate this week’s blog to helping our readers understand exactly what our Optical Assistant program entails and what kinds of career opportunities our graduates can look forward to upon program completion.
How long is the program?
Our Optical Assistant program can be completed in as little as 9 months. That means that you can be on your way to a rewarding career with real advancement opportunities in less than a year.
What will I learn in the program?
The overall goal of this program is to train students in the vast knowledge and skills needed to work as a technician who can prepare eyeglasses and fill a Doctor’s corrective lense prescription. Some of the knowledge and skills learned in this program include:
- Human eye anatomy, function and common disorders
- Theory of light, reflection and refraction
- The history and evolution of the contact lense
- The science of Perimetry and Tonometry
- Basics of ophthalmic photography and iridology
- And more!
Where can I work once I complete the program?
You might be surprised at the variety of potential work settings you can qualify for with your optical assistant training from NCE. Places you may find work include:
- Private eye care practices
- Healthcare clinics
- Refractive surgery centers
- Low vision clinics
- The military
- Teaching facilities
- Retail establishments
- And more
What does the job outlook look like for optometric assistants?
This is one of the most exciting parts of this program: the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of optical assistants to increase by 24% between 2014 and 2024. This is much faster than the average outlook for all other occupations and is expected to account for 17,800 new jobs by 2024. Part of the reason for this steadily growing demand is that more and more people are needing corrective eyewear. While people have always needed corrective eyewear, an increasing amount of modern humans need help with their vision due to the amount of time they spend staring at TV and computer screens. And because people aren’t going to stop playing video games, watching Netflix and browsing reddit any time soon, demand for qualified optical assistants is expected to continue to rise.
So there you have it--a quick breakdown of what you can expect as a student in our Optical Assistant program. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting new program, call us today and we will connect you with your own admissions representative who can give you more information about the program and answer all of your questions. We look forward to speaking with you about this exciting new step on your path to a rewarding new career!