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ActivitiesDesign, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for clients according to written optical prescriptions or specifications. Help clients select frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory, including instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$32.800 in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsMay work in medical offices or small stores where customers are served one at a time, or in large stores where several dispensing opticians serve a number of customers at once. They spend a lot of time on their feet. If they prepare lenses, they need to take precautions against the hazards associated with glass cutting, chemicals, and machinery.

Minimum Education RequirementsGeneral High School Program

SkillsActive Listening, Service Orientation, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Near Vision, Oral Comprehension

     
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