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Optometrists

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

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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.
  • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
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
  • 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:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • Microsoft SQL Server Hot Technology
Medical software
  • First Insight MaximEyes
  • VisionScience Software Acuity Pro
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$118,050
$60,750
$195,810
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