The most sought-after specialized skills of an optician can change from month to month and year to year, so how can you know if your background meets the current trends for optician job requirements? In many situations, an optician certification is a necessity, but beyond that employers focus on a wide range of optician qualifications.
After taking a deep look at the optician job requirements listed in all 1,350 current optician postings on iHireOptometry as well as the abilities mentioned by the 13K+ opticians registered on our site, we compiled this list of the top 10 in-demand specialized skills of an optician. If you have all of these mentioned in your resume, the future for your optician career looks bright!
1. Sales: Although opticians must be eye care and eye wear experts, the retail sales component of the job should not be overlooked. In our analysis, “sales” was mentioned in more than 82% of optician job ads.
2. Customer Service: This skill goes hand in hand with #1 on our list. Nearly every employer who is looking for sales expertise from their opticians also includes customer service abilities in their optician job requirements.
3. Dispensing: While sales and customer service may be important, it is dispensing that sets opticians apart from eye wear sales consultants by performing thorough inspections and ensuring glasses fit properly prior to sending a customer out the door.
4. Eye Care: Educating customers on how to care for their eyes is another critical responsibility, and opticians also play a support role when it comes to treatment and vision correction.
5. Inventory Management: Opticians work in a very specialized type of retail environment, but it is a retail environment all the same. Monitoring and controlling the inventory of products to sell is another key component that many opticians often overlook on their resumes.
6. Merchandising: Similar to inventory management, the ability to present products in an attractive and enticing manner can set you apart from other opticians who may not think to highlight this skill on their applications.
7. Product Knowledge: The capability to provide expert advice and speak confidently about different product options is a big plus for many employers in the eye care business. Highlighting knowledge of specific brands, lens types, coatings, and frame options can give you a leg up on the competition.
8. POS Systems: As many optical centers are bought up and consolidated by larger corporations, the use of point-of-sale (POS) systems is expanding. Previous experience with this technology is a plus for a growing number of employers.
9. Frame/Lens Selection: Helping customers choose the right frames and the proper lenses for their eyes is one of the most important parts of being an optician. It may seem obvious, but this is still a qualification that must be explicitly mentioned in your job search materials, especially if an employer uses an applicant tracking system (ATS).
10. ABO Certified Optician: Although not all openings demand optician certification, more and more employers are listing it as a requirement or a “preferred qualification.”
Regardless of whether or not you can claim all the optician qualifications listed above, iHireOptometry has the right job for you. Search today and make the next move in your optician career!