National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 Version 1.0


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32100 - Opticians

Opticians assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, take the necessary measurements and arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses, mount lenses in eyeglass frames and fit clients with final prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. 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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • contact lens fitter
    • contact lens practitioner
    • dispensing optician
    • licensed optician
    • optician

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Dispensing opticians office manager (See 60020 Retail and wholesale trade managers)
    • Ocularist (See 32129 Other medical technologists and technicians)
    • Ophthalmologist (See 31101 Specialists in surgery)
    • Optical laboratory technician (See 33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services)
    • Optometrists (See 31111 Optometrists)
  • Main duties

    This group performs 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 take necessary measurements including the curvature of the eyes, the accurate position of the pupils and bridge width, using optical measuring devices
    • Advice clients on eyeglasses selection by informing them of different products such as lens materials, frames, tints and anti-reflection coating
    • Adjust contact lenses and inform client on use and care
    • Grind, polish, cut and edge lenses or have them made by a laboratory before inserting them into the frame
    • Adjust finished eyeglasses to fit client
    • May supervise or manage the activities of other opticians or student opticians.
  • 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.
    • Licensing requirements for scope of practice and protected titles related to the sale or dispensing and fitting of contact lenses vary by province.
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