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Career in Eye Care Practical Compared to Rising Tuition Costs
Date:12/16/2009

dividual’s future. Candidates who want a career in an exciting area of the health care industry can pursue continuing education opportunities and certification as an eye care professional,” adds Ehlers.

Continuing education for allied health is emerging as a practical alternative to the mounting costs of formal institutional education. Trends over the past several decades are startling. Most alarming is that the median household income has risen only 18% since the late seventies, creating a huge gap between what families are making and the cost of today’s college education.²

In one-fourth the time it takes to obtain a bachelor degree, an individual can begin working and become certified as an ophthalmic assistant. The freedom to learn at one’s own pace, which is not possible in a traditional classroom, makes for an appealing alternative to lengthy, costly programs that do not guarantee employment upon graduation. Additional benefits to a career as a certified ophthalmic professional include:

 
  • Above average wages and benefits
  • Unlimited job opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Long-term career advancements
On-the-job-training is required for JCAHPO certification, which can benefit candidates by allowing them to work while they prepare for the certification examination. This can help significantly reduce unnecessary debt. Another advantage of a career as an ophthalmic assistant is that the profession is in the midst of a staffing shortage, as Dr. Ehlers notes.

“Most ophthalmic practices hire both full- and part-time positions, allowing for a signific
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