I spent some time an experienced optician who works in a large optometry office. When the optometrists tell patients they need glasses they send them to him, but he said he also has a lot of customers from the street. He helps customers choose the right glasses frame that fits their face since many frames customers put on are disproportional, not visually appealing, or doesn’t sit right on their face. When he isn’t with a customer selling glasses, he is either cutting and fitting lenses to the customer’s frames, researching frame companies, or sending in orders to his lens supplier. Throughout the day I was also really surprised how many of his customers stop in just to get their glasses adjusted. He says this is usual and it is because of regular wear and tear. His customers appreciate this and it is pretty easy for him.
I enjoyed spending time with an optician since it is a combination of sales, design, and science, which are all things I am interested in.