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 68,390 dispensing opticians work in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Measure and fit clients with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, other low-vision aids, and sometimes artificial eyes
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Health
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Experience as an assistant in an optical shop is preferable
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Sales Representative, or Manager, or Business Owner
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Optical Assistant

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