Opticianry - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology


Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the only college in Massachusetts to offer degree programs in Opticianry. Graduates qualify for positions involving eye wear and contact lens design and dispensing, optical laboratory finishing and management, optical business management or independent ownership. There is tremendous demand for opticians across the nation. Graduates work in medical offices, optical boutiques, optical chains, and independent shops. Many graduates seek advanced degrees and/or certification related to business, management, ophthalmic technology, and healthcare management.


 Associate of Science in Opticianry

What will you learn?

  • How to design, fit and dispense glasses and contact lenses
  • How to operate all forms of ophthalmic instrumentation
  • How to inspect eyewear for precision, proper fit and aesthetics
  • How to evaluate and troubleshoot optical patients' concerns
  • How to prepare for local, state and national licensing

Job Outlook

In Massachusetts, a state which is a national leader in healthcare and technology, optician salaries are among the highest in the country.

  • Jobs for opticians are projected to grow 23% in the next decade
  • The average starting salary for licensed MA opticians is $48,000 per year
  • Approximately 95% of Opticianry grads land jobs in their field
  • 85% of Opticianry students pass the NCLE Exam
  • Opticians in MA earn 20% more than the national average

Class of 2018 Program Outcomes

  • 94% retention rate
  • 79% pass rate on the ABO exam
  • 91% pass rate on the NCLE exam
  • 86% pass rate on the State Board exam
  • 94% employment rate after graduating from our program

Career Paths

  • Apprentice Optician
  • Licensed Optician
  • Optometrist
  • Ophthalmologist