How to write an Optician job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Optician job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Optician job titles

    Optician (2+ Years’ Experience)
    Optician (ABO certified)
    Optician (Part-Time)
    Dispensing Optician

Optician job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Optician job summary

Our optical clinic needs a Certified Dispensing Optician to join our team. We run an efficient and friendly office with no weekend hours and two Ophthalmologists on staff. The successful candidate should be prepared to work up to 40 hours per week (no overtime) and should be knowledgeable about all different types of contact lenses and glasses. The vast majority of our patients wear contacts, but we sell frames in-house and ship out orders for lenses. Our patients expect fast, friendly service and attention to detail when fitting corrective lenses. If you enjoy serving patients of all ages and if you have a licence in good standing, we want to talk to you.

Optician responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Optician responsibilities

    Review Physician’s prescriptions and orders based on medical charts
    Operate manual lensometer and other tools to achieve proper fittings for patients
    Educate patients on their corrective lens options and help them make a choice that fits their medical needs as well as lifestyle preferences
    Provide honest but compassionate feedback about aesthetic choices in frames
    Achieve sales goals and quotas as determined by office staff while attending to patients’ specific needs and desires
    Manage inventory of frames and contact lenses to ensure optimum customer satisfaction and product variety
    Communicate with physician with questions or concerns about prescriptions and other eye-related issues

Optician qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Optician skills

    Bachelor’s degree preferred
    Certified Dispensing Optician required
    3+ years’ experience dispensing corrective lenses
    Experience with both contact lenses and glasses
    Ability to operate lensometers and other equipment
    Excellent customer service and sales skills required

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