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Dispensing Optician

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Dispensing opticians interpret prescriptions from optometrists and ophthalmologists (eye specialists) for glasses or contact lenses, sell customers suitable frames and lens systems, and fit and assemble glasses.


Dispensing opticians with up to five years' experience usually earn

$38K-$46K per year

Senior dispensing opticians usually earn

$48K-$85K per year

Source: Association of Dispensing Opticians New Zealand, 2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a dispensing optician are good, particularly in smaller cities and rural areas.
Close up of hands adjusting glasses

Dispensing opticians supply, assemble and fit glasses

Last updated 27 July 2017