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Optometrist

Last modified: August 10, 2012, 01:33 PM
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This is an ideal career for logical and analytical thinkers. Optometrists mostly provide vision care. They examine people’s eyes in order to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases, and to test patients’ visual acuity, depth and colour perception, and ability to focus and coordinate the eyes. You prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, and provide vision therapy and low-vision rehabilitation.

Salary p/a
60k - 200k
Qualifications
Post Graduate
Intensity
Sitting
Demand
High
Travel
Low
Conditions
Indoor
Weekly Hours
40-50
Pros
  • Future demand is strong driven by ageing population
  • Meet interesting people
  • Feeling of satisfaction
Cons
  • Hours linked to patients availability and retail hours
  • Modest financial rewards for the time and effort required to become qualified
  • Decreasing opportunity for private practice
The Bottom Line

A medical career that is less intense and involves lower hours than other medical professions, while still offering solid financial reward. Qualifications are still relatively demanding for the rewards on offer. If you’re outgoing and like meeting people, optometry is a balanced career.

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