Optometrist Salary | Education | Duties | Job Prospects

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.

Optometrist Salary

The salary of Optometrists varies with states

State Annual Salary
New York 132, 359
Massachusetts 131, 066
Washington 130, 195
New Hampshire 127, 541
Hawaii 126, 022
Maryland 121, 506
Connecticut 121, 369
North Dakota 120, 616
Alaska 120, 616
Wyoming 120, 616
Montana 120, 616
Nevada 120, 616
Idaho 120, 616
Nebraska 119, 619
Vermont 119, 553
Rhoda Island 119, 155
California 119, 155
Virginia 118, 715
Kentucky 118, 045
South Dakota 115, 454
West Virginia 115, 211
New Jersey 115, 150
Pennsylvania 114, 419
South Carolina 113, 918
Minnesota 113, 785
Arizona 113, 538
Tennessee 113, 414
Delaware 113, 371
Colorado 113, 268
Oregon 113, 240
Ohio 112, 744
Wisconsin 112, 375
Utah 111, 837
Indiana 111, 247
Oklahoma 111, 113
Kansas 110, 786
Louisiana 110, 439
Maine 110, 339
Iowa 109, 190
Georgia 108, 083
Texas 106, 759
New Mexico 106, 634
Arkansas 106, 405
Michigan 105, 954
Illinois 105, 780
Alabama 105, 770
Mississippi 104, 465
Missouri 104, 399
Florida 101, 939
North Carolina 97, 233

 

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