$15.00 – $33.85
$29,250 – $66,000
Contact lens dispenser
Contact lens fitter
Contact lens practitioner
Contact lens technician
Dispensing optician student
Eyeglasses frame fitter
Licensed contact lens practitioner
Licensed dispensing optician
Ophthalmic device dispenser
Optical device dispenser
Optical dispensing manager
Optical frame fitter
Spectacle frame fitter
Visual orthosis technician
Visual orthotic device technician
Completion of a two- or three-year college program in ophthalmic dispensing or optical sciences is required.
$15.00 - $33.85
$29,250 - $66,000
Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.
With experience managerial position can be obtained. Also, owning an optics store is often chosen by many opticians
Programs available at across countries. For example:
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT): Optical Sciences- Eyeglasses, Optical Sciences - Refraction Program, Optical Sciences- Contact Lenses Douglas College - Opticianry Program. Graduates will receive a Diploma in Dispensing Opticianry, Contact Lenses and Refraction Technologies.
List of accredited programs can be found here.
Outstanding customer service and salesmanship, the ability to study and interpret customer issues, the ability to focus on details, diligence, a good sense of spatial relationships, good fine motor skills (to manipulate small objects and instruments), people’s person
Opticians usually work on their feet all day. Retail store opticians also work in the evenings and weekends. Workplaces include retail stores, educational settings, refractive surgery clinics, low-vision practices, contact lens specialty practices. Some opticians work in association with ophthalmologists, optometrists, or a group of optical practitioners. Learn more
To become a Licensed Optician in Canada, and individual must complete an Opticianry Program from an accredited educational institution, pass the NACOR National Optical Sciences Examination and register with Provincial Regulatory Agency (often called a College of Opticians e.g., Alberta College and Association of Opticians: ACAO).
In Ontario and Quebec, opticians are always dual-licensed, meaning trained and licensed for both eyeglasses and contact lenses and passed both the exams for optical sciences and contact lenses. In other provinces, they need to complete a Contact Lens program, sit the NACOR National Optical Sciences Examination for Contact Lenses, and then apply to their Provincial Regulatory Agency (College of Opticians) for a license to dispense contact lenses.