We surveyed 1,180 opticians to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical optician. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an optician?

Low

High

Working as an optician typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that opticians are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become an optician?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an optician typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an optician?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as an optician. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for opticians.

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Do opticians work full-time or part-time?

81% of opticians work in full-time roles while 19% work part-time.

Is being an optician stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst opticians, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as an optician?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be an optician.

How competitive is the workplace for opticians?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for opticians.

Does being an optician require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for opticians.

Are opticians allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Opticians rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do opticians have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Opticians tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an optician physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as an opticians is not the most physically demanding of careers, falling in the bottom half of all careers.

Are opticians exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Opticians tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being an optician require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for opticians.

Does being a good optician require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as opticians.