Dispensing Opticians

Dispensing opticians measure and fit clients with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, other low-vision aids, and sometimes artificial eyes. They help clients select appropriate frames and order all necessary ophthalmic laboratory work. Approximately 64,930 dispensing opticians work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Measure and fit clients with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, other low-vision aids, and sometimes artificial eyes
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Health
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Working as an assistant in an optical shop will provide useful experience
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Sales Representative, or Manager, or Business Owner
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Optical Assistant