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.


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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