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or $56.75 hourly
What is the risk of automation?
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10% (No worries)
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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Assisting and Caring for Others (95)
Social Perceptiveness (72)
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions (19)
not very important
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How quickly is this occupation growing?
The number of 'Optometrists' job openings is expected to rise 9% by 2030
'Optometrists' is expected to be a fast growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.
What are the median wages for 'Optometrists' in the United States?
In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Optometrists' was $118,050, or $56.75 hourly
'Optometrists' are paid 181.4% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
How many people are employed in this occupation?
As of 2020 there were 36,690 people employed as Optometrists.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the United States.
Diagnose, 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.
SOC Code: 29-1041.00
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