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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101 Optometrist Jobs Found


Description Dr. Saul Mendelsohn is looking to hire a full time California State Licensed Optometrist for his Fresno Office. Great opportunity for r...
Dr. Saul Mendelsohn Optometrist - CA - Fresno - posted 15 days ago
Lasik Plus is looking for a fill-in Optometrist to work in our Hartford, PA vision center. Optometry professionals, are you looking for an exciting...
LasikPlus - CT - Hartford - posted 28 days ago
We are seeking an occasional Optometrist (less than 20 hours per week) to work in our St. Louis Vision Center. Optometry professionals, are you loo...
LasikPlus - MO - St. Louis - posted 28 days ago
Loyal Source Government Services is looking for a qualified Optometrist with Barksdale AFB, Louisiana as a civilian contractor promoting and restor...
Loyal Source - LA - Barksdale Air Force Base - posted 6 days ago
The Optometrists will providemost primary vision care for UHC patients. They will examine people’s eyes todiagnose vision problems and eye diseases...
United Health Centers - CA - Lemoore - posted 19 days ago
Correctional Care | Committed Careers | Corizon Health We have an exceptional opportunity for an Optometrist to join our healthcare team at Your Co...
Corizon Health - Pacific - posted 11 days ago
Correctional Care | Committed Careers | Corizon Health We have an exceptional opportunity for an Optometrist to join our healthcare team at the Ida...
Corizon Health - Kuna - posted 15 days ago
Optometrist Houston Eye Doctor Houston, TX Since 1959, Houston Eye Doctor has been the leader and preferred provider of quality vision care product...
TalenTrust - TX - Houston - posted 18 days ago
Part Time Optometrist Eye Care Center located in Richmond IN Apply in person 536 E Main St Richmond, IN or call Harvey at: (765)966-5584 Equal Oppo...
Eye Care Center - IN - Richmond - posted 7 days ago
Local medical facility is seeking a temporary Secretary for their Opthalmology department. Duties include, but will not be limited to: answering ph...
Brooke Companies - New Orleans - posted 28 days ago

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