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Get Clarity on Your Career Path with Optical Technology

November 15, 2022

Get Clarity on Your Career Path with Optical Technology

Now Enrolling for January 2023!

Can you see yourself working in Optical Technology? With a certificate in the field, you can pursue opportunities as an optician or contact lens technician.

Sacramento City College’s new Optical Technology program prepares you to dispense and fit eyeglasses and contact lenses for patients in both the private and public sectors. Certificate offerings through this program include an Optical Technician Certificate and Contact Lens Technician Certificate. The starting wage is between $19 and $21 an hour, or around $40,000 a year for the first year with opportunities for advancement! 

This program is a flexible, affordable option for anyone who is working while attending school, as 75% of the coursework is online and the total cost for equipment and supplies, not including tuition and fees, is about $400. The program also includes an internship in vision services, which allows you to get hands-on experience in the field and to network with regional professionals.

The certification is recognized in the field and after completing Sacramento City College’s program, you will qualify to sit for exams to be registered with the California State Board of Optometry. There is a clear path forward, start your journey to an optical career today!

How do I get started?

Steps to Apply:

  1. Apply to SCC 
  2. Learn more about the Optical Technician Certificate and Contact Lens Technician Certificate
  3. Apply to the Optical Technician Program using your student ID number
  4. Return your acceptance form (you should receive it no later than November 28, 2022)
  5. Attend the Mandatory Orientation on December 7, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Contact: or (916) 558-2271

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Optical Technician Certificate
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Contact Lens Technician Certificate
This is the second certificate in the series and has common courses with the entry-level Optical Technician certificate.