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Optometrists

Optometrists
Quick Facts : Optometrists*
2010 Median Pay$94,990
Entry Level EducationDoctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201234,200
Job Outlook33% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change11,300


Optometrists perform eye exams to check for vision problems and diseases. They check patients for common vision problems, like near or farsightedness and prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed. Some spend much of their time providing specialized care, particularly if they are working in a group practice with other optometrists or doctors.

What Optometrists Do

  • Perform vision tests to check for sight problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Check for eye diseases, such as glaucoma
  • Provide other treatments, such as vision therapy or low-vision rehabilitation
  • Provide pre- and postoperative care to patients undergoing eye surgery?for example, examining a patient's eyes the day after surgery
  • Promote eye health by counseling patients, including explaining how to clean and wear contact lenses

Work Environment

Most optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry. A small number of optometrists work in doctors' offices, retail stores, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends to suit patients' needs.
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Job Outlook

Employment of optometrists is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, but because it?s a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 11,300 new jobs over the 10-year period.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of optometrists was $94,990.
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Optometrists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Optometrists

94990

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Optometrists*
Percent Change in Employment

Optometrists

33.0409

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Optometrists

Optometrists need a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. Doctor of Optometry programs take 4 years to complete. After finishing the O.D., some optometrists do a 1-year residency program to get advanced clinical training in a specialty.
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