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Orthoptists

Also called: Certified Orthoptist, Orthoptist, Clinical Orthoptist (CO)

What they do:
Diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine patients with problems related to ocular motility, binocular vision, amblyopia, or strabismus.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, or treat disorders of the visual system with an emphasis on binocular vision or abnormal eye movements.
  • Perform diagnostic tests or measurements such as motor testing, visual acuity testing, lensometry, retinoscopy, and color vision testing.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Computer Aided Vision Therapy CAVT
  • MAX Systems Max-Gold Medical Clinic Software
Word processing software
  • Eye Tracking Exercises Enterprises Track with Letters
  • Microsoft Word
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
certificate after college or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$72,870
per year, on average
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