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Opticians, Dispensing

Also called: Optician, Dispensing Optician, Licensed Optician, Optometric Assistant

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What they do:
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.
On the job, you would:
  • Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.
  • Prepare work orders and instructions for grinding lenses and fabricating eyeglasses.
  • Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • sales and marketing
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • psychology
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • First Insight MaximEyes
  • Specialist Data Solutions OctoPlus
Data base user interface and query software
  • EZ-Zone Optizone Enterprise
Point of sale POS software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$33,330
per year, on average
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