Optical Dispensers interpret optical prescriptions, and fit and service optical appliances such as spectacle frames and lenses.

    You can work as an Optical Dispenser without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Takes facial measurements and assists customer in choice of frame.
    • Shapes and fits lenses into frames.
    • Repairs spectacles, and sells a range of optical goods.

    All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Optical Dispensers

    • 4,900 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 77% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Optical Dispensers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 4,500 in 2011 to 4,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Optical Dispensers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 77% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance94.1
    Retail Trade3.3
    Financial and Insurance Services0.9
    Manufacturing0.9
    Other Industries0.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOptical DispensersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.231.6
    VIC23.025.6
    QLD21.720.0
    SA8.67.0
    WA11.310.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOptical DispensersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.0-5.05.0
    20-2418.1-9.39.3
    25-3425.2-22.922.9
    35-4420.2-22.022.0
    45-5420.1-21.621.6
    55-597.0-9.09.0
    60-644.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOptical DispensersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree13.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV33.5-21.121.1
    Year 1224.6-18.118.1
    Year 113.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.4-12.512.5

    You can work as an Optical Dispenser without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with Australian Dispensing Opticians Association may be useful.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      79% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Sales and marketing

      64% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    3. Mathematics

      61% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Clerical

      58% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Administration and management

      56% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Telephone

      98% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      97% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Contact with people

      96% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      95% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Contact with the public

      95% Important

      Work with customers or the public.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2081.00 - Opticians, Dispensing.

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