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Opticians fit clients with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses and mount lenses in eyeglass frames. They are employed in optical retail outlets or other establishments with optical dispensing departments, or they may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Career Explorer by Sokanu: Optician - U.S.-based career information and videos
- Optician Careers - overview of pathways from The Opticians Council of Canada
- Day in the Life (scroll to view video) - The Opticians Council of Canada
The University of Manitoba does not offer the required training to become an Optician. Please view the links below for information on training programs in Canada and the U.S..
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Exploring Optometry Education Options
- Education Programs - listing of Canadian programs from The Opticians of Manitoba
- Become an Optician - from Opticians Association of Canada
- National Federation of Opticianry Schools (U.S.) - member schools
Labour market information
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- Explore Careers: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. job outlook
- Eye Care Professionals Salary Survey (Canada) - from Jobs4ECP'S
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Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
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- Find an Optician - The Opticians of Manitoba
- Find an Optometrist - Manitoba Association of Optometrists
- Find a Doc - CAO directory
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