Dispensing Opticians

Dispensing opticians supply, fit and service spectacles, contact lenses and other optical aids in accordance with a prescription from an optician or optometrist.


New workers
£ 13,721
£ 24,349
£ 36,073

Available jobs

In the past year there were 10,373 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Fits spectacles and advises patient on lens care and any other difficulties likely to be experienced.

  • Ensures that completed spectacles conform to specification and fit the patient correctly and comfortably.

  • Prepares detailed instructions for workshop.

  • Advises patient on lens type and choice of spectacle frames.

  • Interprets prescription and measures patient’s face to determine distance between pupil centres, height of bridge of nose, etc..

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Contact Lenses

  • Medical Prescription

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Optics

  • Aftersales

  • Selling Techniques

  • Marketing

  • Setting Appointments

  • Optometry

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Customer Service

  • Collections

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Teamwork

  • Mathematics

  • Sales

  • Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.