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Opticians, Dispensing

Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

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Skills Needed

75%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

69%

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

66%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

60%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

60%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

56%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

56%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

53%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

53%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

50%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

50%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

50%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

50%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

47%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

47%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

47%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

47%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

44%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

41%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

38%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

35%

Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

31%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

31%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

28%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

25%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

25%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

25%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

19%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

19%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

19%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

16%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

13%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

10%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

0%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

0%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $27k
  • Median Income Salary$37k
  • Upper Income Salary $64k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

  • Recommended years of math:
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  • Recommended years of science:
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Degree Levels Offered

    • OPHT DISPENSING TECHNICIAN-AAS
    • Opth Tech Contact Lens Certif
    • Opht Tech Opthalmic Disp Cert
    • Optical Lab Tech Certificate

Links to Schools and Programs

Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

  • 6

    Associate's Degree

  • 29

    Certificate Of Less Than One Year