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Optometrist

Job Title and Job Description

Optometrist

I practice the profession of optometry. I work in our own office doing visual analysis, treating eye disease and improving the visual skills of my patients.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

The job opportunities are many. Schools, industrial companies, hospitals, clinics all employ doctors of Optometry . Their work involves aiding in greater efficiency, safety and comfort for their patients.

What new technology will be important?

The use of the computer and new automative instruments will gather information useful in many ways. Use of lasers, uses of medications and it will mean earlier detection of problems for the public.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

Basic college education in the arts, sciences involving knowledge of social skills. I earned the O.D. (Doctor of Optometry) in three years through an accelerated program that was available in the 1940s.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

Start with basic college education in the arts, sciences involving knowledge of social skills. Optometry requires a Bachelors degree plus a four-year O.D. (Doctor of Optometry) degree program. The program is available at 15 colleges nationally, including the New England College of Optometry.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

Yes, in my senior year.

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
Athletic / Physical 2-Less Important2-Less Important  
Bilingual 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Computer Technology 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Creative Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
leadership and Supervising 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Logical Thinking 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Math 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Mechanical Understanding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Sales and Negotiation 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Scientific and Experimental 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Social Service / Helping Skills 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Teaching / Instructing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Verbal Communication 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important  
Understanding Yourself 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important  
Writing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important  
 

Interview By: SMOPTOMETRIST