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A rewarding future
A career as a dispensing optician (DO) can be extremely rewarding. One of the many benefits that is often mentioned by members of the profession is that ‘no two days are the same’; indeed the demands in daily practice are wide, varied and constantly changing.

Dispensing optics is a career option that suits those who, as well as having attained the basic entry requirements, enjoy problem solving and wish to strongly develop and apply the technical and communication skills acquired during their training.

Successful dispensing requires a skilled consultation process to accurately assess the individual needs of the patient to thereby be able to recommend and provide suitable eye wear products and solutions; not least the job also requires someone with commercial awareness and expertise. Dispensing optics offers immense job satisfaction to people who are interested in combining a profession in health and social care with a mathematical/scientific knowledge base and enjoy interacting directly with the public.

To view videos about the education and training of dispensing opticians click here.

To download the ABDO careers brochure select the link below.

Also see Careers in optics FAQ.