SOC Code 29-2081 - Opticians, Dispensing

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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. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.


SOC Code 29-2081 - Opticians, Dispensing is a a final level code of the “Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 72,330 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $19.58 and average Annual Wage of $40,730.


Occupation Examples

  • Certified Optician
  • Contact Lens Fitter
  • Eyeglass Fitter
  • Licensed Dispensing Optician
  • Licensed Optical Dispenser
  • Licensed Optician
  • Optical Dispenser
  • Optician

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