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Ophthalmic technologists and technicians

OaSIS code 32109.03

Ophthalmic medical technologists and technicians assist ophthalmologists in performing ophthalmic procedures, and surgeries.

Overview

Also known as

  • Ophthalmic technician
  • Ophthalmic technologist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Take patients' general medical and ophthalmic history
  • Conduct specialized testing such as refractometry, ultrasonography, fluorescein angiography or ocular motility testing to aid ophthalmologists in assessing patients' vision
  • Instruct patient on diagnostic test and record, interpret and troubleshoot results
  • Assist ophthalmologists in performing ophthalmic procedures, and surgeries
  • Prepare specimens for culture and staining
  • Administer topical ophthalmic or oral medications as directed by ophthalmologists
  • Maintain ophthalmic instruments or equipment
  • May instruct and supervise other ophthalmic staff and perform various administrative duties
  • May participate in research activities.

Additional information

  • Ophthalmic medical technicians may progress to ophthalmic medical technologists’ positions with training, experience and certification.
  • Certified Ophthalmic Technician and Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist may have additional specialty certification such as Registered Ophthalmic Ultrasound Biometrist (ROUB) or Certified Diagnostic Ophthalmic Sonographer (CDOS).

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Opticians (32100)
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (33101)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)
  • Other medical technologists and technicians (32129)
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services (33109)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3210 – Technical occupations in therapy and assessment

Unit group

32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

Occupational profile

32109.03 – Ophthalmic technologists and technicians

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level
Applying New Knowledge
3 - Moderate Level
Clerical Activities
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Educational institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Private practices of speech-language pathologists

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Finger Dexterity
4 - High Level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level
Control of Settings
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluation
3 - Moderate Level
Instructing
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important