Career Overview

Optometrists diagnose and treat problems related to the visual system. They perform visual tests on patients and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses as needed.


A doctoral degree in optometry is required for this position. This degree typically takes four years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor's degree. Most students earn bachelor's degrees in a pre-medical or biologically-related discipline before entering the optometry program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$45,000 /yr
$100,000 /yr
$185,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Anatomy
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada