Career Details

Optometrist

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.

Education

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:
Median:
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
Future Outlook

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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Work Environment

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.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada