Opticians, Dispensing


Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Include contact lens opticians.


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Retail Stores, Nec
  2. Offices Of Other Health Practitioners
  3. Department Stores
  4. Offices & Clinics Of Medical Doctors

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 1,690 10.51 7.84 11.84 21,850 16,310 24,620
Joplin MSA 100 11.52 9.46 12.55 23,960 19,670 26,110
Columbia MSA 30 9.05 7.80 9.67 18,820 16,220 20,120
St Louis MSA 860 11.08 8.24 12.50 23,040 17,140 25,990
Central Region* 100 9.61 7.73 10.55 19,985 16,075 21,940
Southeast Region* 80 9.42 7.66 10.30 19,594 15,938 21,422
Southwest Region* 110 11.28 8.94 12.46 23,468 18,588 25,908
St. Louis County* 240 12.88 9.51 14.56 26,791 19,787 30,293

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 2,160 2,360 200 9.26 61 Great
Kansas City MSA 300 330 30 10.00 9 Caution
St Louis MSA 1,150 1,180 30 2.61 25 Good
Central Region* 240 300 60 25.00 11 Good
Northeast Region* 80 90 10 12.50 3 Good
Northwest Region* 100 120 20 20.00 2 Good
Ozark Region* 250 290 40 16.00 9 Good
Southwest Region* 120 150 30 25.00 4 Good

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months)
or training in one of the following
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician