An optical engineer researches and develops new technologies related to the science of light, which is called optics. So they’ll study how light behaves, how you can manipulate it using lenses and mirrors, and how the colour of light affects its properties. They’ll then apply that knowledge to sight and vision problems, or in electronic systems and equipment.
Optical engineers might design lasers, build telescopes, create fibre-optic communications systems; or they might work with microscopes, computer chips, or consumer electronics. Or they might work in healthcare, understanding the human eye.
Attributes: observant, hard-working, committed