What Does An Optician Do?

Opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy.

How Do I Become An Optician?

Opticians typically have a high school diploma or equivalent and some form of on-the-job training. Some opticians enter the occupation with an associate’s degree or a certificate in opticianry.  This may be required by some employers.  Generally, more education leads to more opportunity.

What is the Average Salary For An Optician?

High – 58,000
Median – 36,000
Low – 24,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Optician?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Business

What Is The Work Environment For An Optician?

Most opticians work in optometrists’ offices and optical goods stores. Most work full time, and some may work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients’ needs.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Optician?

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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