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ActivitiesDiagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$96,300 per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsOptometrists work in places—usually their own offices—which are clean, well-lighted, and comfortable. Most full-time optometrists work about 40 hours a week.

Minimum Education RequirementsO.D.

SkillsPersuasion, Social Perceptiveness, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Service Orientation, Mathematics, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Manual Dexterity, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Problem Sensitivity, Near Vision, Speech Clarity, Oral Comprehension

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