This spring, students can learn what opticians do, the knowledge and skills they need and all of the possible career choices they have in Introduction to Opticianry, OPTI-8000.
This course examines the field of opticianry as a possible career choice for the student who has an interest and aptitude in the physics of light, basic algebra and patient care.
Topics include anatomy of the eye, physics of light, prescribing lenses, fitting eyeglass frames, contact lenses, and troubleshooting visual problems.
According to Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Labor Market Information data, dispensing opticians earn an average of nearly $23 per hour – $49,000 per year for those working full time. Demand in this field is expected to increase nearly 13 percent by 2024.
The class meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Knight Campus in Warwick and is for personal enrichment. It is not to be applied to a program or certificate. For more information, contact Michael King, program director, or Kimberly Crealey Rouillier, chairwoman, Rehabilitative Health Department or visit the website.