Careers in the Licensed Professions


Optometrist Print Profile PDF

Optometrists diagnose, treat, and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system. Examples of activities: optometrists perform eye examinations and tests, prescribe corrective lenses, and administer certain drugs that treat eye conditions, among other services.



Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of preprofessional education from a Department registered program or the equivalent, including courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics.


Complete a Department-registered Doctor of Optometry licensure program, or the equivalent.


Parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination.

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.



Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $111,790 in the U.S., $124,350 in NY
  • Salary range: $88,490-$146,240
  • Projected growth: much faster than average


Where Could I Work?

  • Private or community practice
  • Hospitals, clinics, and other public health facilities
  • Optical and retail stores
  • Colleges and universities


Your Interests and Abilities

  • Preparation in the sciences
  • Analysis and reasoning
  • Hands-on experiences


Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Manual and technical dexterity


What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to an optometrist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020