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Employment growth for optometrists is expected to grow at about an average pace. The demand for eye care should increase as baby boomers age. With the increased aging comes the need for treatment of cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, presbyopia, and other age related eye disorders.
Licensing and Training
All states require licensing for Optometrists. In order to be eligible to receive a license, applicants must have attended an accredited optometry school. Then applicants must pass a written and clinical state board examination. Most states require the license be renewed every one to three years. All states also require continuing education to ensure proficiency in clinical matters.
To become an OD one must complete four years of schooling at an accredited school. Most students enrolled at an optometry school have a four year undergraduate degree, however some optometry schools do not require it for admission. There are seventeen accredited schools in the U.S.
PayThe median earnings (annualized) of optometrists in 2000 was $82,860. With 50 percent earning between $60,000 and $111,000. In clinics with medical doctors or other types of health practitioners the salary median was $89,000. Typically, salaried optometrists earn more initially but in the long run OD's that setup their own independent practice earn more over their life time.
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|Information was gathered from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics 2004.|
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