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Optician Working Conditions



Dispensing opticians held about 75,200 jobs in 2014. The industries employing the largest numbers of dispensing opticians in 2014 were as follows:

  • Offices of optometrists: 38%
  • Health and personal care stores: 31%
  • Offices of physicians: 10%
  • Department stores: 3%

Some opticians work in stores that sell glasses, contact lenses, and other optical goods. These stores may be stand-alone businesses or parts of larger retail establishments, such as department stores.

Other opticians work as part of a group optometry or medical practice, where optometrists and ophthalmologists provide eye-related medical care to patients. For more information, see the profiles on optometrists and on physicians and surgeons.

Opticians who work in larger retail establishments, such as department stores, may have to work evenings and weekends. Most opticians work full time, although part-time opportunities also are available.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


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