Optical Technician

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Optical technicians make optical parts for scientific instruments such as microscopes and telescopes, lenses for spectacles and contact lenses.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for optical technicians in the UK tend to be around £15,000, rising with experience to £24,000 a year.

At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022).


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Getting In

You could work for a manufacturing company, a large prescription company, an optical firm or a small optician’s practice.

What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On


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