By Alexa Kaczka
The popularity of a career as an optician is only likely to increase in the coming years, one sector expert has predicted.
Mike Szczerbiak, an opticianry teacher and programme director at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina, told the Durham News that there were previously only a handful of students in his classes, but this has risen dramatically in the last 20 years.
According to the expert, the programme is a career-based one after which students have "marketable skills".
Barry Dark, an instructor at the facility, told the newspaper: "I have been teaching here for 17 years. I have never had a student that was not either employed prior to graduating or immediately after graduation."
Their comments follow the publication of the US Department of Labour's latest Occupational Outlook Handbook, which showed that the number of people in opticianry jobs is expected to increase by 13 per cent by 2018.
by Martin Burns