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Dispensing Optician

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Dispensing opticians make up prescriptions for spectacle lenses, which they get from the optometrists or ophthalmologist who have tested a patient’s eyes. They also fit and adjust the spectacle frames to the patient's face.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified dispensing opticians in private practice in the UK tend to be about £18,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £30,000.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You must be registered with the General Optical Council (GOC), first as a student, then as a professional, and there are two main entry routes.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
438
3 %
RISE
2023
451
  United Kingdom
2018
6048
0.1 %
RISE
2023
6055

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO)
Tel: 01227 733 905
E-mail: general@abdo.org.uk
Website: http://www.abdo.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.college-optometrists.org
Twitter: @MembershipAbdo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABDOMembers/?fref=ts

General Optical Council
Tel: 020 7580 3898
E-mail: goc@optical.org
Website: http://www.optical.org/
Twitter: @GOC_UK

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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