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Why Choose Optometry?

Optometry is a rewarding career that offers different modes of practice, career opportunities, job satisfaction, and good quality of life. Learn more about the Occupational Outlook for Optometrists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

(Video courtesy of ASCO: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry)

Different Modes of Practice

  • Solo private practice 
  • Partnership or group practice 
  • Interdisciplinary care 
  • Retail/optical setting 
  • Optometric/Ophthalmological Professional Setting 
  • Health Maintenance Organization 
  • Military/ Public Health 
  • Academic/Research 
  • Corporate/Industrial 
  • Consultants 

Excellent Career Opportunities

  • High demand for optometrist and growing need of care for aging population 
  • Numerous practice modalities 
  • Ability to participate in interdisciplinary care with other health care providers to treat patients holistically 
  • Opportunities to go into ocular research and explore new avenues for diagnoses, treatments, and cures for eye conditions and diseases 
  • Ability to pursue academia, helping to prepare and teach the next generations of optometrists 
  • Different specialties or areas of interest: pediatric eye care, geriatric eye care, low vision, contact lenses, vision rehabilitation, ocular disease, individuals with disabilities, and other special populations. 
  • Variety of practice settings – cities, suburban areas, rural areas 

Job Satisfaction

  • Provide meaningful work making a difference in the lives of other 
  • Experience immediate gratification when patients put on glasses or contacts and immediately see a difference
  • Enjoy good relationships with patients as most patients generally enjoy going to the optometrist

Good Quality of Life

  • Flexible work schedules: optometrists can work full time or part-time based on their needs
  • Minimal emergency calls related to patients
  • Good income: the AOA reports that the average salary in 2014 was $122,767
  • Opportunities for practice: the freedom in choosing to live and practice in almost any location