Description - Optician
An optician is a health care professional that dispenses eyewear, such
as spectacles, contact lenses and other visual aids. Opticians fill
prescriptions written by eye doctors. After analyzing the prescriptions,
they help patients choose the frames and lenses best suited to their
needs, take measurements to insure a proper fit, and make custom adjustments
to the finished eyewear upon delivery.
Opticians use an interesting variety of skills. While
the technical aspects are based upon science, opticianry also encompasses
health care services, fashion, sales, management and business. This
diversity provides many job choices for opticians.
Depending on which facet of opticianry they prefer, opticians find
settings such as:
retail eyewear establishments
ophthalmologic or optometric offices
health maintenance organizations (HMO's)
sales representatives for optical product vendors
teaching and training positions
Salaries for opticians vary according to experience, job setting,
and geographic region. Our surveys show that most of our graduates
earn $30,000+ when they become licensed in New Jersey. As with any
profession, an individual with exceptional drive and a good education
may be paid well in excess of an average salary.