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Cherry Health is the premier destination for all healthcare-related information. If you're searching for optician jobs or want to learn how to become one, this is the place for you.

We don't only offer exciting new job opportunities but also insights into the daily responsibilities, earnings potential, and qualifications required for opticians. Continue reading to explore these subjects in detail.

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How much do opticians make?

In Canada, the average annual income for an optician is $64,384, which breaks down to about $28 per hour. Entry-level positions in Canada start with an annual salary of $36,267, while the most seasoned professionals can earn up to $66,647 a year. Nevertheless, this can fluctuate based on the province. For example, the average hourly rate is $27 in Ontario and $55,554 to $72,276 annually on average, $24 an hour is average in Alberta or annually ranging from $41,500 to $62,500. British Columbia has a average of $25 per hour or annually ranging from $58,765 to $76,454. The Maritimes average annual salary range is between $51,192 to $66,601 or around $21 an hour. The Northwest Territories annually range from $39,000 to $46,000 annually or an average of $28.

How to become a optician

To pursue a career as a Licensed Optician in Canada, individuals need to complete an Opticianry Program at an accredited institution, which can be undertaken full-time, part-time, or online, and generally takes 1-3 years to finish. After graduating, candidates are qualified to sit for the NACOR National Optical Sciences Examination, a requirement for licensure in nine out of ten Canadian provinces, and successful candidates can then register with their Provincial Regulatory Agency, or College of Opticians, to legally practice. For those interested in specializing further, options include becoming a licensed Contact Lens Fitter by completing additional training and exams, with provinces like Ontario and Quebec offering 'dual-licensing' for proficiency in both eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Connect with other opticians on the Cherry Health network

Cherry Health provides opticians with opportunities to connect with fellow professionals in the industry. Connect with other opticians with our in app messaging, interact with prospective employers and potential colleagues, and stay updated on industry developments to broaden your professional connections and further your healthcare career. Register for a complimentary account today to access these opportunities and enhance your professional growth. Connect with other opticians here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an optician?

Opticians play an essential role in the field of eye care, specializing in the fitting and dispensing of corrective eyewear. They work closely with optometrists and ophthalmologists to interpret prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses, ensuring that each patient receives the optimal visual correction and comfort. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of optical principles, opticians guide patients in selecting the best frames and lenses, taking into account individual preferences, lifestyle needs, and facial features. They are skilled in adjusting and repairing eyewear, providing personalized fittings, and educating patients on proper eyewear care and maintenance. Opticians also stay on top of the latest advancements in lens technology and eyewear trends, enabling them to offer the most up-to-date options for enhancing vision and style. Through their expertise and personalized service, opticians significantly contribute to the overall eye health and satisfaction of their patients.

What do opticians do?

Opticians are crucial in guiding patients through the selection and fitting of eyeglasses and contact lenses, ensuring they match the prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists and meet individual needs with options like tinted lenses or anti-reflective coatings. They are responsible for precise measurements, crafting work orders for laboratory technicians, and adjusting eyewear for optimal comfort, as well as educating patients on proper care and maintenance. Beyond patient care, opticians manage essential administrative tasks, including maintaining sales records, managing inventory, and keeping track of customer prescriptions, ensuring a seamless experience in eyewear selection and maintenance.

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