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How to Become an Optician

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A high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for an optician. However, you can earn an associate's degree or certification to increase your hiring potential. Most states also require that you obtain an optician's license.

Education and Training

College options for aspiring opticians include a one-year certification program or a two-year associate's degree program. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that only 21 schools offer programs approved by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation as of 2012. Along with optics classes, you typically perform work in math, physiology and business in an optician's program. Measuring customers' eyes and getting familiar with optical equipment are common benefits of hands-on experience. Many opticians complete apprenticeship programs that last about two years.

Skill Development

Along with technical competency in performing optical work, opticians must develop several important skills. You need effective communication and customer service skills to greet, listen to and serve the needs of clients. Decision-making skills help the optician carry out primary roles in adjusting glasses and lenses for clients. Opticians also need business skills to coordinate inventory and sales activities in an eye clinic.


About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.

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