Opticians, Dispensing

General Information

Description

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.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit89.99%
  2. Self-employed6.76%
  3. Private, not for profit1.41%
  4. Federal government1.15%
  5. State and local government0.08%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of opticians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 5,900 openings for opticians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$38,530

Military salary*

$74,267

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State-by-state Salary

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$62,820
$29,040
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 42%
  • Post-secondary certificate 26%
  • High school 23%
  • Some college 3%
  • Less than high school 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Clerical
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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