Becoming an Optician

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Is opticianry right for you?

Are you considering becoming an optician? Whether you’re fresh out of school, moving to Canada from another country, or looking for a career change, opticianry offers some exciting opportunities. Opticianry is customer service, health care, and fashion all rolled into one! We are front line health care professionals, often the first point of contact for the public. Working together with other health professionals in the circle of care, opticians deliver quality health service to all. Simultaneously, we offer advice on the best lens and frame choices for function, comfort, and style!

Still not sure about opticianry? Check out Licensed Optician’s “hate my job” quiz to find out more!

 

Salary Expectations

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What does the average optician in Alberta make?

If you’re considering becoming an optician, you might be wondering what the average optician is paid. In 2017, we surveyed current opticians in Alberta to find out what the average is. The following graph gives you the average reported annual salary.

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For a more detailed look at the results of the survey, including hourly wages, and a more detailed breakdown of results check out our 2017 Wage Survey article.

 

 

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Videos

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Watch the videos below to find out more…

If this explanation has piqued your interest, and you want to learn more about becoming an optician, watch the videos below! Need further information? Contact us and we will be happy to help you take your next steps!

 

 Launch Presentation

A Day in the Life of an Optician

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Is Opticianry a Good Fit for You?

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The International Experience

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The Application Process

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The Case Based Interview

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Competency Gap Analysis

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The National Exam

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Regulation Overview