|Quick Facts: Optometrists
$125,590 per year
$60.38 per hour
|Doctoral or professional degree
|9% (Much faster than average)
Optometrists diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system, including examining eyes and prescribing corrective lenses.
Most optometrists work in offices or in optical goods stores. Optometrists usually work full time, but part-time work is common. Schedules may vary to include evenings and weekends.
Optometrists typically need a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree, which take 4 years of graduate-level study to complete. Every state requires optometrists to be licensed.
The median annual wage for optometrists was $125,590 in May 2022.
Employment of optometrists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 1,700 openings for optometrists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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