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Often non-health professionals are not able to identify work opportunities directly related to their training. However, they may have skills and interests which could be transferable to a career in Opticianry.
Perhaps you have training in marketing, business management or sales. Although opticians are health care professionals, most work in a retail environment. They market their products and dispensing practice, and develop brands and promote the profession. Dispensing businesses range from independent offices to large chains, with lots of opportunity for opticians who are entrepreneurial and want to pursue management options.
Business-minded opticians are also an asset to companies who provide wholesale products to the industry because of their ability to understand the challenges of finding solutions to their patients’ vision problems.
Do you have training in interior design, architecture, art or fashion? Eyeglasses have evolved into a fashion accessory and some opticians sell, design and even make eyeglass frames. Imagine how training as an optician could open unexplored outlets for your creativity!
A background in photography is also a good skills match for an optician. A strong sense of light, colour and perspective is a definite asset for an optician. Even patients with a well-developed fashion identity have a difficult time making eyewear choices. An optician who possesses a photographer’s eye could manage those choices with confidence.
Math and Science
Opticians use math, algebra, trigonometry and physics in their work. Any person who has a background in math or science such as accounting or engineering would do well understanding visual optics and the design of lens products as they apply to each patient’s visual needs.
Above all opticians are educators. Probably the single most important function of an optician is to be able to teach patients about the features, advantages and benefits of optical products. Canada is a multi-cultural country where language skills and understanding vary. The optician/communicator/educator is a most valuable asset to a dispensing business dealing with a diverse clientele.