What's the job picture like?

    The outlook is favorable. Even amidst economic uncertainty, the industry demand for optical scientists and engineers is high, and so are salaries.

    In its latest poll of recent alumni, the college learned that a new graduate with a bachelor's degree will earn, on average, over $56,000 per year. With a master's degree, that number jumps to more than $72,000 per year — and with a Ph.D., an optical scientist just a few years out of college is likely to be making nearly $100,000 annually.

    We've prepared a summary of our respondents' salaries, which is available for your review (PDF).