A Career in Optics
The Barracloughs team are waiting for you...
Working for an opticians can be a varied and exciting career. No two days are the same, dealing with a very diverse audience, from children to seniors of all walks of life. You'll notice there are a number of different skill levels accommodated for at Barracloughs, from those completely new to the world of optics, to those who have been qualified for many, many years.
Could you be the next member
of an award-winning team?
At Barracloughs we are continuously looking for potential new team members. If you are motivated, dynamic and forward-thinking, we'd love to hear from you soon. There are four main roles within the Barracloughs family:
Optical Assistant (OA)
Reception duties, such as welcoming customers by greeting them in person or over the telephone, answering enquiries, booking in appointments, taking payments and ordering contact lenses and some other supplies. Possibly alongside this would be some assistance in other duties such as spectacle adjustments.
Optical Dispenser (OD)
A very similar role to a DO (see below) but for unqualified staff. Duties include some reception work plus measuring and fitting spectacles, ordering frames and advising and selecting suitable lenses for a customers needs.
Dispensing Optician (DO)
A qualified position, fitting and adjustment of spectacles. Providing advice on the most suitable, comfortable and aesthetically appealing spectacles, taking into account the personal visual, lifestyle and vocational needs of the customer. It takes three years to become qualified, with a number of options on how those three years are completed. For more information on the qualifications and courses required to become a Dispensing Optician, please download this PDF provided by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO).
Ophthalmic Optician (OO) or Optometrist
A qualified optometrist examines eyes, tests sight and prescribes spectacles or contact lenses for those who need them. Some also fit spectacles or contact lenses, give advice on visual problems and detect any ocular disease or abnormality, referring the patient to a GP or hospital where necessary. The General Optical Council (GOC) offer lots of useful information on how to begin training to become an optometrist. This is usually a four year process in England (five years in Scotland) which in England consists of a three year degree course (four year course in Scotland) followed by a year of training as a pre-registered optometrist in practice.
Click below to apply for a position with Barracloughs the Opticians. Even if we currently have no vacancies we are always eager to learn who could be next in line to greet our happy customers.
- Optical Assistant / Reception
- Optical Dispenser
- Dispensing Optician