CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Summary Job Description Tasks
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adju st frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians. Measure clients' bridge and eye size, temple length, vertex distance, pupillary distance, and optical centers of eyes, using measuring devices.
Verify that finished lenses are ground to specifications.
Prepare work orders and instructions for grinding lenses and fabricating eyeglasses.
Assist clients in selecting frames according to style and color, and ensure that frames are coordinated with facial and eye measurements and optical prescriptions.
Maintain records of customer prescriptions, work orders, and payments.
Perform administrative duties such as tracking inventory and sales, submitting patient insurance information, and performing simple bookkeeping.
Recommend specific lenses, lens coatings, and frames to suit client needs.
Sell goods such as contact lenses, spectacles, sunglasses, and other goods related to eyes in general.
Heat, shape, or bend plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.
Evaluate prescriptions in conjunction with clients' vocational and avocational visual requirements.
Instruct clients in how to wear and care for eyeglasses.
Determine clients' current lens prescriptions, when necessary, using lensometers or lens analyzers and clients' eyeglasses.
Show customers how to insert, remove, and care for their contact lenses.
Repair damaged frames.
Obtain a customer's previous record, or verify a prescription with the examining optometrist or ophthalmologist.
Arrange and maintain displays of optical merchandise.
Fabricate lenses to meet prescription specifications.
Grind lens edges, or apply coatings to lenses.
Assemble eyeglasses by cutting and edging lenses, and fitting the lenses into frames.
Supervise the training of student opticians.
Order and purchase frames and lenses.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Compulink Eyecare Advantage Medical software
Cygnet Infotech Optifocus Medical software
Diversified Ophthalmics Practice Maximus Medical software
EMRlogic Systems ENTERPRISE Visions Medical software
EZ-Zone Optizone Enterprise Project management software
First Insight MaximEyes Medical software
HealthLine Systems Eyecom Medical software
Insight Software My Vision Express Medical software
OfficeMate Software Solutions OfficeMate Medical software
Point of sale POS software Point of sale POS software
Specialist Data Solutions OctoPlus Medical software
Angling pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Autorefractors Combination refractor keratometers
Bracing pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Bushing pullers Opticians tools or accessories
Cash registers Cash registers
Chain nose pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Cold-bend pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Contact lens thickness gauges Lens measuring equipment
Contact lens tweezers Opticians tools or accessories
Credit card processing machines Electronic funds transfer point of sale equipment
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dial calipers Calipers
Digital calipers Calipers
Digital pupilometers Opticians tools or accessories
End piece pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Flat nose pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Focimeters Ophthalmic lensometers
Frame warmers Opticians tools or accessories
Half-round files Files
Hex wrenches Hex keys
Hollow snipe pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Lens aligning pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Lens analyzers Lens measuring equipment
Lens clocks Lens measuring equipment
Lens files Opticians tools or accessories
Millimeter rules Opticians tools or accessories
Nose pad adjusting pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Optical cutting pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Optical screwdrivers Opticians tools or accessories
Optometric lensometers Ophthalmic lensometers
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pickup screwdrivers Opticians tools or accessories
Pupillometers Opticians tools or accessories
Screw-holding tweezers Tweezers
Snellen eye charts Eye charts or vision cards
Snipe nose pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
Alternate Job Title(s)
American Board of Opticianry Certified Master Optician (ABO Certified Master Optician)
American Board of Opticianry Certified Optician (ABO Certified Optician)
Certified Optician
Contact Lens Fitter
Contact Lens Technician
Dispensing Optician
Dispensing Optician Apprentice
Dispensing and Measuring Optician
Eyeglass Fitter
Laboratory Technician
Licensed Dispensing Optician
Licensed Optical Dispenser
Licensed Optician
Ophthalmic Dispenser
Optical Assistant
Optical Dispenser
Optical Manager
Optical Technician
Optician Apprentice
Optician Manager
Optometric Assistant
Optometric Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Opticians, Dispensing and Measuring
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