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Optometrists

Also called: Optometrist, Doctor of Optometry (OD), Doctor

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • biology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • First Insight MaximEyes
  • HealthLine Systems Eyecom
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft SQL Server
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$97,820
per year, on average
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