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Opticians fit clients with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, assist clients in the selection of eyeglass frames, arrange for the production of eyeglasses or contact lenses and mount lenses in eyeglass frames. They are employed in optical retail outlets or other establishments with optical dispensing departments, or they may be self-employed. Student opticians and opticians who are managers of optical retail outlets are included in this group.
contact lens fitter, contact lens technician, dispensing optician, ophthalmic dispenser, optician.
- Obtain specifications for eyeglasses or contact lenses from a prescription prepared by an ophthalmologist or optometrist or by analyzing the client's eyeglasses or contact lenses and by measuring client's eye curvature, pupillary distance and bridge width, using optical measuring devices
- Assist clients in selecting eyeglasses by advising on lens materials, frames, tints and anti-reflection coating
- Advise on use and care of contact lenses
- Arrange for grinding and polishing of lenses or grind and polish lenses
- Cut and edge lenses and fit lenses into frames
- Adjust finished eyeglasses to fit client
- May supervise or manage the activities of other opticians or student opticians.
Outlook & Prospects for Opticians in Fredericton--Oromocto
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According to the most recent (2006) Census, this is a small occupational group with a labour force of 50, and an unemployment rate (0%) that is below the average (8%) for all occupations in the area. Also, the average age of Opticians is 40, which is approximately equal to the average age (40) of all occupations.
According to the most recent Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) Forecast, the average annual employment growth rate for this occupation is below the average for all occupations in New Brunswick. Many of the jobs in this occupation can be found in these main industries: 1) Retail Trade and 2) Health Care and Social Assistance.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 18 - Nov 22, 2013
- The provincial government plans to invest $200M in renovations to Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton. A consultant is updating a 2007 report that outlines the upgrades needed at the hospital. The consulting work should be completed by February 2014. The 2007 report identifies upgrades needed to the intensive care unit, ambulatory procedure unit, sterile processing department, the surgical daycare, and the maternal newborn and gynaecology services unit.
- Leading Edge Geomatics Ltd., a remote-sensing and geomatics firm located in Lincoln, received a $310,000 repayable loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The money will be used to assist with the purchase of a new large-format camera mapping system. The new equipment will help the firm to maintain a competitive advantage, thus securing new contracts and sustaining employment for highly-skilled workers.
- The Nashwaak Villa nursing home opened on Limekiln Road in Stanley recently. The 30-bed home, costing $9.25M, is part of the provincial government's 2011-2016 Nursing Home Renovation and Replacement Plan.
- Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation will create 25 additional full-time jobs over the next year at its tire recycling plant in Minto. Invest NB is providing $750,000 in loans to support the creation of the 25 new jobs and help with the capital investment. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is providing an interest-free loan of $ 750,000 to help with capital costs. The investments will be used for the expansion of the shingle manufacturing operation.
- Choose Fredericton, an expo aiming to encourage post-secondary students to stay in the Fredericton region was held on Wednesday October 3 at the Richard J. Currie Center in Fredericton. The event, hosted by the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, was meant to bring post-secondary students, as well as representatives from learning institutions and local businesses together to create networks and build awareness among students of opportunities in the capital region.
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