In this post you would learn about an Optometrist Salary in the United States. Before then, we would help you to know who is an Optometrist.
What is Optometry and who is an Optometrist?
Optometry is a medical profession that entails the examination of the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities. It deals with the correction of reflective error with glasses or contact lenses and treatment of eye diseases.
Optometrists are the primary health care practitioners of the eyes and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care. Cares include; refraction and dispensing, detection/ diagnosis, and management of eye diseases and rehabilitation of the conditions of the visual system.
Education and Training of an Optometrist
Applicants of optometry must have finished a minimum of 3 years post-secondary education including courses in physics, chemistry, biology, English, and mathematics.
Before enrolling for Doctor of optometry, you must have a bachelor’s degree in optometry.
Applicants must also take the optometry admission test to apply to O.D programs, The exam comes in segments, it comprises computer-based tests and practical examination in the laboratory.
After the O.D degree, you will have to undergo a year residency program to get advanced medical training in the area of specialization.
Licenses, Certification, and Registrations
To be licensed, you must have obtained an O.D from an accredited school and must pass the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (N.B.E.O)
Job Prospects of an Optometrist
Since the population of Optometrist is regulated by the member of schools that offers optometry as a course, the few licensed ones are expected to get job easily.
Optometrists that have completed the residency program also have higher job prospects. The long time practicing optometrists are expected to retire in years to come so that the new ones can have jobs.
The salary of Optometrists varies with states
|New York||132, 359|
|New Hampshire||127, 541|
|North Dakota||120, 616|
|Rhoda Island||119, 155|
|South Dakota||115, 454|
|West Virginia||115, 211|
|New Jersey||115, 150|
|South Carolina||113, 918|
|New Mexico||106, 634|
|North Carolina||97, 233|