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.
The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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Most optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry, but they may also work in doctors' offices and optical goods stores. Most work full time, and some may work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients’ needs.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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