Streaming TV. Smartphones. NASA’s James Webb Telescope. All of these innovations are driven by Optics. Working in nearly every modern field, Optics Technicians craft precise components (primarily lenses fashioned out of blocks of glass) that we use today and help us build a smarter, safer tomorrow. Joining this highly in-demand, hands-on industry means making a fulfilling career while making a real impact.
Everyone’s career path to becoming an Optics Technician is different, and that’s what makes this field so unique. It’s a workforce that looks a lot like the world we live in—a melting pot full of people with different backgrounds, vocations, and levels of expertise, all working in a booming industry they’re passionate about.Get Into Optics
The more you discover about Optics, the more you start to see the mindblowing impact this technology has on our lives. It’s not magic, but it feels like it. From the highest-powered telescopes to the Internet itself to self-flushing toilets, Optics play a bigger role in our lives than most people realize. Ready to dive into how Optics impacts your life?
Optics is more than just a job. It’s a career you can grow into and build up over time. Technicians have the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers in research, development, design, manufacturing, and quality control as they build the Optical components that power the devices we all use every day. It’s a career that checks all the boxes but never boxes you in.
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— Mike P, Technical Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Optics, Monroe Community College
There’s no “one path” to an Optics career, and as a trained technician, there are so many applications for your work, from aeronautics to medicine to entertainment. In Optics, outside experience and passions are welcomed with open arms; it takes multifaceted people to do this multidimensional work.Learn More
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Optics are having a moment. Rapid growth, accelerated hiring: it’s a field buzzing with opportunity. Whether you’re looking to transition to a new, secure career or for a fulfilling job that feels like your favorite hobby, there’s never been a better time to jump into an Optics Technician Program. Explore Optics training programs below at the community college nearest you.
The next generation of Optics techs are jumping into this skyrocketing industry, and the American Center for Optics Manufacturing (AmeriCOM) is helping make it happen. Bringing together colleges, manufacturers, nonprofits, and government agencies, AmeriCOM is building the workforce and ecosystems to ensure this industry continues to thrive for generations to come.Find Out How