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Career Path

If you want a job that is both stimulating and has a more predictable weekday work schedule than many health professions, a career as an ophthalmic medical technician may be a good fit. You'll interact with patients in a comfortable environment, be a meaningful part of a healthcare team and have opportunities for advancement.

Average COT salary: $43,000, according to the 2011 salary survey conducted by the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO)

Where you’ll work: Eye clinics in hospitals and private or public settings, refractive eye surgery centers, eye banks, nonprofit organizations and research institutions.

Advance your career: Once you have earned the Certified Ophthalmic Technician (COT) credential, you can broaden your knowledge, increase your skills, and earn the Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist (COMT) credential. With a COT or COMT credential, you can then get additional education and training in specialties such as orthoptics (eye deviations and eye muscle disbalances), as well as subspecialty certification in ophthalmic surgical assisting, ophthalmic coding and reimbursement, ophthalmic ultrasound, and contact lenses and opticianry.