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A presentation on the job of Optometry.

Lindsay Krawchuk

on 13 June 2011

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Transcript of Optometry.

Optometry! An optometrist, or Doctor of Optometry (OD), is a healthcare professional who provides Primary Vision Care. They Specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of diseases and disorders of the human visual system, the eye, and the associated structures. Job Description! Education and Job Requirements! A Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree and license to practice in your province or territory. A minimum of three years of undergraduate education, preferable in the sciences. A four year university program in optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. An increasing number of optometrists choose to do an additional year of residency training upon completion of their OD. Working Conditions! Optometrists work in Offices and treatment rooms. Most work a 5 day, 40-hour week and some work evenings and weekends to suit needs of patients. They work routine hours, have few emergencies, good income and can work part time or full time. They Own offices that are clean, well lighted, and comfortable. Potential Employers! Optometrists can be self employed, work in a partnership or group practice, large clinics or hospitals. Employed as associates in an existing practice before buying in as partners, buying another practice or setting up a new practice. Established optometrists usually work in private practice and own or co-own their practices. They may also own or work from more than one location, known as “satellite” offices. Some other potential employers for Optometrists include Military & (Veterans Administration) VA, Community health centres & neighbourhood clinics, academic/research, corporate/industrial or consultant, offices of physicians, optical goods stores and the Federal Goverment. Potential For Growth! Over the next 10 years Optometrists will be one of the fastest growing occupations. They should experience a 24% rate of growth during this time period. Expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018, in response to the vision care needs of a growing and aging population. Excellent job opportunities are expected. A growing population that recognizes the importance of good eye care will increase the demand for optometrists. The limited amount of optometry schools results in a limited number of graduates (90 per year). The number is not expected to keep pace with the demand. According to the American Optometric Association, nearly one-quarter of practicing optometrists are approaching retirement age, particularly in individual and group practices. Earnings and Career Path! Optometrists usually make $50,000 to $150,000 a year or more. Self employed optometrists usually make the most. Average Canadian optometrist in practice earns $70,000 - $80,000 per year, excluding benefits. Optometrists are paid at the time services are provided. An optometrist's earnings are determined by serveral factors including: coverage under provincial medical programs, fee schedules, hours worked, practice location, services provided and patient population. Some career paths include private practice (both solo and group), research, teaching in universities and industries or specialize in a residency program. Some optometrists also interact with various levels of government regarding health care policies. 25% are self-employed. Related Careers! Audiologist, Some similar jobs include Dentist, Dermatologist, Obstetrician-Gynaecologist, and Plastic Surgeon. Veterinarian, Technical Skills! supervisory skills in directing and instructing optometric staff, and administrative skills such as basic accounting and human resources and materials management may be required for optometrists operating their own offices. Personal and Transferable Skills! Some skills include being able to work independently, business training is helpful, patient, communication skills, good with people, enjoy working closely with people, good communication skills, keen observation skills, problem solving skills, manual dexterity, aptitudes for math & science, emotional stability, high ethical standards & integrity, good physical health, business acumen, self-discipline and an ability to deal tactfully with patients. Post Secondary Option: University of Waterloo! Professional Knowledge! Considered one of the best jobs in the US, high income, potential for growth, job security, good work environment, stress-free, not physically demanding, help patients, prestige and reasonable & regular schedules. http://optometry.uwaterloo.ca/future-students/doctor-of-optometry/optometry-as-a-career Bibliography! http://www.careercruising.com/Careers/JobDetails.aspx?LoginID=82d95ec4-c2f8-424b-ade9-0f58092fd849-&OccNumber=314&field=AtaGlance http://www.careers-internet.org/optometrist.htm http://www.studentscholarships.org/salary/477/optometrists.php http://www.opto.ca/en/optometry/career-information.html
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