Occupation Profile for Optometrists

Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$91,040.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
0.3 Average Unemployment Percentage 0.0 Percentage That Completed High School
33,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 0.0 Percentage That Had Some College
36,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 100.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Doctor
Doctor of Optometry
Optometrist
Optometry Doctor (OD)

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Core — Examine eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness.
  • Core — Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
  • Core — Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
  • Core — Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  • Core — Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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99 Optometrist Jobs Found


Part-Time (8 hours a week) Optometrist needed in our Indianapolis, IN vision center. Optometry professionals, are you looking for an exciting and r...
LasikPlus - IN - Indianapolis - posted 1 day ago
Lasik Plus has an immediate need for a full-time Optometrist to work in our Richmond, VA vision center. Optometry professionals, are you looking fo...
LasikPlus - VA - Glen Allen - posted 1 day ago
Lasik Plus has an immediate opening for a fill-in Optometrist to work in our Tampa, FL vision center. Optometry professionals, are you looking for ...
LasikPlus - FL - Tampa - posted 7 days ago
Lasik Plus is looking for a fill-in Optometrist to work in our Portland, OR vision center to cover for a leave of absence starting in early Novembe...
LasikPlus - OR - Portland - posted 7 days ago
Lasik Plus is looking for a temporary Optometrist to work in our Portland, OR vision center starting in November 2016. Optometry professionals, are...
LasikPlus - OR - Portland - posted 7 days ago
Lasik Plus has an immediate opening for a fill-in Optometrist to work in our Des Moines, IA vision center. Optometry professionals, are you looking...
LasikPlus - IA - West Des Moines - posted 7 days ago
Lasik Plus has an immediate opening for a fill-in Optometrist to work in our King of Prussia vision center. Optometry professionals, are you lookin...
LasikPlus - PA - King of Prussia - posted 7 days ago
Lasik Plus is looking for a full-time Optometrist to work in our River Oaks, TX vision center. Overview Optometry professionals, are you looking fo...
LasikPlus - TX - Houston - posted 7 days ago
Lasik Plus has an immediate need for a full-time Optometrist to work in our Chicago, IL vision center. Optometry professionals, are you looking for...
LasikPlus - IL - Schaumburg - posted 17 days ago
Lasik Plus is looking for a fill-in Optometrist to work in our San Antonio, TX vision center starting in December 2016. Optometry professionals, ar...
LasikPlus - TX - San Antonio - posted 23 days ago

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