We feel people largely do not know that becoming an Ophthalmic Technician or an Optometry Technician is a great way to join the healthcare industry, without having to go to traditional, expensive medical school. In fact, some of the best Ophthalmic Technicians were former teachers, phlebotomists, retail professionals, nursing assistants, or home health aids.
Now we want to focus on a group who we feel would make amazing eye care technicians, especially Ophthalmic Technicians, and that group is our American heroes—veterans. Here are three reasons why eye care professions are so great for veterans.
Jobs are In-demand and There are Plenty of Opportunities
It’s no secret that the baby boomer generation is aging and will consequently require an increase of medical personnel. The number of people 65 and older is expected to double by 2030 so there is tremendous opportunity and job security in the medical field for the foreseeable future. Employment of medical technicians in fields like Ophthalmology are among the 30 most rapidly expanding careers in the United States.
Training Can Be Obtained On-the-Job or Through Accessible Certification Programs
The great news for veterans considering a career in eye care is that more school is not required (excluding Ophthalmologist, Optometrist and Optician). For example, if someone wants to become an Ophthalmic Technician they have to study for and pass a certification exam. As someone gains more experience in the field and accumulates more hours on the job, they will eventually qualify for other certifications that will increase their value in the job market.
The eye care industry is filled with opportunities to advance in your career. The ability to improve your credentials, coupled with the demand in the industry, give eye care employees the ability to be flexible when searching for a job. The time you invest in studying and obtaining certifications will pay off while avoiding years of extra education!
The Skills that Veterans Possess are Important in Eye Care
According to LinkedIn, the top 5 soft skills of veterans are the ability to pay attention to detail, integrity, team leadership, problem solving and critical thinking, and being a dependable team player. These skills are vital to the efficiency of a successful eye care practice. The military demands its members to work together, communicate effectively and demonstrate honesty. Eye care practices need people with these characteristics to ensure that patients receive the care they need, patients are safe and HIPPA regulations are followed. Veterans are likely to pick up on doctors’ instructions and execute their requests swiftly and correctly.
The medical field is booming with opportunities and veterans are the perfect fit!
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