Careers in the Licensed Professions

Optometrist

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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.

 

Education

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.

AND

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

Examination

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



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Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $106,140 in the U.S., $119,190 in NY
  • Salary range: $84,410-$157,000
  • 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: March 5, 2019