Easy career entry
You need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the field, and you could be an AOP in less than a year (for entry level assisting).
It’s never too late to begin a new career!
If you are an experienced professional in a different field who is looking for a change, a career as an AOP can be a very rewarding profession. Many people just like you are choosing to become Allied Ophthalmic Personnel as their second career. There are numerous job opportunities and new easy ways for you to enter the field.
Excellent job opportunities
There has been a shortage of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel for the past decade and AOP will continue to be in high demand for decades to come.
Long term career advancement potential
JCAHPO has created a progressive career development ladder to allow you to develop into an advanced ophthalmic professional. You can choose to advance in your career at your own pace and potential.
A career in advanced medical technology
Ophthalmology is leading the way in fascinating technologies to cure diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and even blindness. You could be on the forefront of this new wave of technology.
Exceptional pay and benefits
Allied Ophthalmic Personnel are paid very competitive above average salaries (see salary information for statistics). Most receive basic benefits like health/dental insurance and paid vacations.
Relaxed work environment and flexible schedule
Most ophthalmic practices are in comfortable offices and hire both part-time and full-time positions, and allow a significant degree of flexibility in work schedules. While many other healthcare professions demand you to be on-call and work long hours (including holidays), most ophthalmic practices’ work schedules are Monday – Friday, five days a week, with very little weekend work.