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Descriptions & Duties

  • Opticians measure, fit and dispense optical lenses based on optical prescription or specification. They also help clients to select and adjust the most suitable frame and lens position to fit clients' needs. They also check and determine prescriptions for eyeglasses and lens, take facial and eye measurements of customers and educate them on taking care for their contact lenses, eyeglasses and frames.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge of the lens and eye care services

Opticians must have knowledge of different types of lens and eye care services so they can recommend the products or solutions suit customers.

Good customer servicing skills

Opticians must be able to understand customers' needs and make the most appropriate recommendations such as materials/ styles of eyeglasses/ contact lens and adjustment levels applied to frames/ eyeglasses/ contact lenses to customers.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • Normally have a higher diploma in ophthalmic dispensing or a related field.


  • 1-2 years' relevant experience in a related field

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $15,000-$35,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Opticians usually work in stores that sell eyeglasses, contact lenses, visual aids, and other optical goods.


  • Lens measuring equipment - Contact lens thickness gauges; Lens analysers; Lens clocks
  • Ophthalmic lensometers - Focimeters; Optometric lensometers

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