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Optometrist Work Conditions
Optometry

OPTOMETRY - NATURE OF THE WORK

Some optometrists work with people who are blind or have limited sight, known as low vision
Some optometrists work with people who are blind or have limited sight, known as low vision.

Optometrists held about 33,100 jobs in 2012. About 53 percent of optometrists worked in stand-alone offices of optometry. Optometrists may also work in doctors' offices, retail stores, and outpatient clinics. About 11 percent of optometrists were self-employed in 2012.

The industries that employed the most optometrists in 2012 were as follows:

Offices of optometrists 53%
Offices of physicians 18
Health and personal care stores 11
Outpatient care centers 2
Educational services; state, local, and private 2

Work Schedules

Most optometrists work full time. Some work evenings and weekends to accommodate patients' needs.

Last Modification: 01-26-2014