Laser Technician Job Duties, Salary Info and Career Options

Laser technicians work with lasers in a variety of industries. They might be responsible for assembling, calibrating, testing, troubleshooting and maintaining devices with lasers or actual lasers.

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Job Duties of a Laser Technician

Laser technicians work for a variety of employers, including hospitals and the government, as well as in industry, manufacturing and research. Their job duties vary depending on where they work. A laser technician may be responsible for assembling, dismantling, installing, calibrating, testing, operating and repairing lasers. They also may perform alignment procedures, clean optics, integrate lasers with opto-mechanics parts, work on laser documentation and troubleshoot. They may also assist staff in the operation of the laser and function as the laser safety officer.

Salary Info

Salaries for laser technicians are dependent on where the technician works. For example, most ophthalmic laser technicians made an annual salary (with bonuses) of $30,373-$53,582; and most laser printer technicians, $25,526-$52,061 (including overtime and bonuses) as of October 2011, according to Payscale.com. The following are median hourly wages for various positions in the laser optics, laser systems and laser industry as of October 2011, according to Payscale.com.

Position Median Hourly Wage
Electronic technician $18.44
Registered nurse $30.00
Engineering technician $24.75
Manufacturing technician (laser welding) $19.84
Optical element coater $15.85
Laser dermatology advanced RNP $22.50
Medical esthetician $14.48

Career Options

Laser technicians may work in the laser development and research, industrial lasers, consumer electronics, biotechology, medicine or telecommunication fields. Career options depend upon the level of education. Workforce training programs, which may consist of courses in lasers, prepare graduates for entry-level positions. Workers with an associate's degree in electronics, electronic engineering, electro-optics or laser technology may be able to acquire more technical positions than may technicians who have completed a workforce program. Laser technicians who want to advance, may enroll in a 4-year degree in engineering technology concentrating in electronics manufacturing, physics or engineering physics.

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