Liberty, an optician, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Getting a job in this field isn't difficult, but you do need to have the drive to help people as well as a lot of patience when working with the patients.
Dispensing opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or type of contact lenses to buy.
Moderate-term on-the-job training
Twenty-three states require opticians to be licensed. Licensure usually requires completing formal education through an approved program or completing an apprenticeship. In addition to being licensed, states require opticians to pass one or more of the following (depending on the state): a state written exam, a state practical exam, or certification exams, described in the certification section.
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