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Optometric Support Services

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
22 Master's Degrees Annually
#318 in Popularity
$38,220 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Optometric Support Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many ophthalmic and optometric support services graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 475
Undergraduate Certificate 347
Basic Certificate 225
Master’s Degree 22
Bachelor’s Degree 8
Doctor’s Degree 6
Graduate Certificate 6

What Optometric Support Services Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to optometric support and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Optometric Support Majors

Optometric Support majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Skills for Optometric Support Majors

A major in optometric support prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Optometric Support Majors

As you progress with your optometric support degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Optometric Support Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with optometric support:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians 19.6% $36,530
Opticians, Dispensing 15.1% $37,010

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Optometric Support Services?

8 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
75% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 8 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ophthalmic and optometric support services in 2018, making it rank #318 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 75% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of optometric support majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Optometric Support Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 2
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

Geographic Diversity

Optometric Support appeals to people across the globe. About 50.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Vietnam
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • Hungary

How Much Do Optometric Support Services Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $38,220 to $39,930 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to optometric support. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Optometric Support Services Major  ( 38220 to 39930 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with optometric support require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for optometric support careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.0%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 32.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 28.2%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 28.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.0%

Online Optometric Support Services Programs

In 2017-2018, 85 schools offered a optometric support program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 28 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 32 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 45 2
Bachelor’s Degree 4 0
Post-Baccalaureate 28 1
Master’s Degree 2 0
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Optometric Support Services Worth It?

The median salary for a optometric support grad is $38,220 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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Major Number of Grads
Nursing 293,633
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,068
Dental Support Services 27,155
Mental & Social Health Services 26,783
Health Sciences & Services 24,436
Communication Sciences 21,520
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,962
Medicine 19,418
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,295
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 15,451
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,807
Other Health Professions 8,426
Dentistry 6,518
Osteopathic Medicine 6,392
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 6,056
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,875
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,481
Veterinary Medicine 3,175
Chiropractic 2,503
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,714
Optometry 1,674
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,608
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 804
Medical Science 738
Podiatry 543
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 535
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 373
Alternative Medical Support Services 244
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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