Opticians

Opticians

NOC
3231

Fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses, low-vision aids, and other eyewear to match prescriptions.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

21
 

Median Hourly Wage

$25.00
$15.50
Low
$28.00
High

Median Salary

$44,522
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

163
 

% Working Full Time

88%
 

% Working Full Year

74%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Opticians fit clients with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses and mount lenses in eyeglass frames. They are employed in optical retail outlets or other establishments with optical dispensing departments, or they may be self-employed. Student opticians and opticians who are managers of optical retail outlets are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Opticians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Obtain specifications for eyeglasses or contact lenses from a prescription prepared by an ophthalmologist or optometrist or by analyzing the client's eyeglasses or contact lenses and by measuring client's eye curvature, pupillary distance and bridge width, using optical measuring devices
  • Assist clients in selecting eyeglasses by advising on lens materials, frames, tints and anti-reflection coating
  • Advise on use and care of contact lenses
  • Arrange for grinding and polishing of lenses or grind and polish lenses
  • Cut and edge lenses and fit lenses into frames
  • Adjust finished eyeglasses to fit client
  • May supervise or manage the activities of other opticians or student opticians.

Also Known As

  • contact lens fitter
  • contact lens technician
  • dispensing optician
  • ophthalmic dispenser
  • optician
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of a two- or three-year college program in ophthalmic dispensing or optical sciences is required.
  • Licensing by a regulatory body for opticians is required in all provinces except British Columbia.
  • Licensing requirements for scope of practice and protected titles related to dispensing and contact lens certification vary by province.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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77.1%
Female
22.9%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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0.0%
15-24
14.7%
25-34
29.4%
35-44
29.4%
45-54
20.6%
55-64
5.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
5.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
17.1%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
65.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
11.4%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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72.7%
Retail trade
18.2%
Health care and social assistance
9.1%
Manufacturing
0.0%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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11.10%
Northeast
38.90%
Southeast
27.80%
Southwest
22.20%
Central
0.00%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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N/A
Northeast
$37,711
Southeast
$44,999
Southwest
$45,538
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$44,522

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$45,532

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$44,522

Newfoundland

$42,394

Prince Edward Island

$46,032

Nova Scotia

$38,489

Canada

$43,402
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

21
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

0
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

20
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

62
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

64