In the Philippines, an Optician’s entry level salary ranges from P9,000-P15,000 per month and may even go up to P20,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Overseas, such as in the U.S.
and Canada, the annual average salary for an optician is $34,790 or $2,899 per month.
Basic Educational Requirement
A high school diploma is required to become an optician and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed. Opticians usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
Cost of Education *
There is no specific educational requirement to be an Optician. However, employers often prefer applicants with a high school diploma particularly if one is applying in a health institution. High school education would normally range from P25,000 - P40,000 per year in private universities and about P3,000 to P5,000 in public institutions.
Opticians work under the supervision of an experienced optician, optometrist, ophthalmologists who have put up their own clinic or who work in private or public eye-health institutions. Most Opticians pursue a course in a related discipline to have a distinct advantage in the job market. Opticians may be employed in the following industries: Manufacturing, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles and Personal and Household Goods, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities, and Health and Social Work.
Prospects for Career Advancement
Without further education, advancement opportunities are limited. Many experienced opticians open their own optical stores. Others become managers of optical stores or sales representatives for wholesalers or manufacturers of eyeglasses or lenses.
Nature of Work
An Optician fits eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions written by ophthalmologists or optometrists. Optician examines written prescriptions to determine the specifications of lenses. He/She recommends eyeglass frames, lenses, and lens coatings after considering the prescription and the customer's occupation, habits, and facial features. He/She also measures clients' eyes, including the distance between the centers of the pupils and the distance between the ocular surface and the lens.
- Assembles eyeglasses by cutting and edging lenses, and fitting the lenses into frames;
- Determines clients' current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients' eyeglasses;
- Evaluates prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements;
- Fabricates lenses to meet prescription specifications;
- Grinds lens edges, or apply coatings to lenses;
- Heats, shapes, or bends plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands; and
- Performs administrative duties such as tracking inventory and sales, submitting patient insurance information, and performing simple bookkeeping.
Skills and Competencies
- Knowledge of physics, basic anatomy, algebra, and trigonometry as well as experience with computers are particularly valuable, because training usually includes instruction in optical mathematics, optical physics, and the use of precision measuring instruments and other machinery and tools.
- Have a good customer service and interpersonal skills; and
- Discretion, good judgment, organizational or management ability, initiative, and the ability to work independently.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- He/She must be tactful, pleasant and can communicate well;
- Manual dexterity and the ability to do precision work are essential.
- Good attention to details;
- Can work well with others;
- Good looking and presentable.
* Based on 2011 rates.