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Best Jobs of 2013 - 8. Optometrist

Best Jobs of 2013 - 8. Optometrist

BLS National Salary Median: $94,990
Projected Job Growth: 33%
Jobs Rated Score: 190

Vision is critical to so many facets of everyday life, both for work and leisure. Because sight deteriorates due to age and strain, the work of an optometrist is especially beneficial as the U.S. population ages thanks to the large Baby Boom generation, who all expect 20/20 vision.


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I have been an optometrist

I have been an optometrist for over 25 years and enjoy it. The issues going forward are simply there are too many optometrist Not enough patients.  Most docs graduate with at least 200k in debt and full time work is not easy to find. Forget the baby boomer theory.  Heard a version of increased demand when I went to school in the 80's.  just realize when you get out it may take you some time to get employed and maybe at a few offices and if you want to open an office like me it's more work and finically risky but can be done. Before you go into optometry go talk to some local optometrist, we are mainly a very friendly nice group of people.  Make sure it's a good fit for you before you do the 8 years of college

There are several branches in

There are several branches in optometry.  Perhaps the most rewarding is working with children whose vision problems interfere with their ability to read, learn, comprehend, even pay attention.  Closely related to that is rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury patients, including several hundred doctors who are working with returning soldiers whose injuries include "scrambling" their vision.  Vision therapy, which uses the principles of brain plasticity, is the common denominator in these exciting and highly rewarding specialties. I've been involved with these behavioral or developmental optometrists for 3 decades and know that when a practice is operated correctly, the financial rewards are equal to the tremendous personal and professional joy of watching a patient arrive a visual mess, and leave months later with visual abilities that open up whole new arenas of life.

Only thing to take into

Only thing to take into account is how many student loans optometrists have after graduation since the salaries do not reflect the rise in tuition at optometry schools, but the reward in helping people see is amazing!

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