How to become a Optical Dispenser

Optical dispensers interpret optical prescriptions and fit and service optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses.

Personal requirements of a Optical Dispenser

  • good communication skills
  • sales ability
  • technical ability
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • aptitude for mathematics
  • enjoy helping people
  • patient and attention to detail.

Duties & Tasks of a Optical Dispenser

Optical dispensers: • discuss the client's eyewear needs • choose the appropriate frame to satisfy the client's comfort, appearance and prescription requirements • discuss and recommend types of lenses and lens enhancements • ensure lenses conform to the prescription of the ophthalmologist (eye specialist) or optometrist • shape lenses and fit them to frames, ensuring they meet quality standards • ensure the new eyewear fits correctly and comfortably • carry out minor repairs to damaged frames.

Working conditions for a Optical Dispenser

An optical dispenser works as part of an eye care team alongside optometrists or ophthalmologists (who issue the optical prescription) and optical mechanics (who make the visual aid or optical appliance).

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,135

Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.5%

NSW NSW 26%

NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 25.7%

SA SA 4.8%

TAS TAS 3.1%

VIC VIC 24.7%

WA WA 12.9%

Hours worked:

37.4

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 53.3%

Female 46.7%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 22.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 41.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 24.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.4%

20-24 - 9.6%

25-34 - 19.7%

35-44 - 23.9%

45-54 - 28.6%

55-59 - 6.5%

60-64 - 4%

65 and Over - 5.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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