Most optometrists list "patient care," "diagnosis," and "customer service" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important optometrist responsibilities here:
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming an optometrist. We found that 30.1% of optometrists have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 1.8% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most optometrists have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every five optometrists were not college graduates.
Those optometrists who do attend college, typically earn either optometry degrees or biology degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for optometrists include business degrees or medical assisting services degrees.
Once you're ready to become an optometrist, you should explore the companies that typically hire optometrists. According to optometrist resumes that we searched through, optometrists are hired the most by Luxottica, Walmart, and Vision Service Plan. Currently, Luxottica has 390 optometrist job openings, while there are 178 at Walmart and 56 at Vision Service Plan.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, optometrists tend to earn the biggest salaries at Medical Associates Clinic, Avera McKennan Fitness Center, and Mayo Clinic. Take Medical Associates Clinic for example. The median optometrist salary is $321,076. At Avera McKennan Fitness Center, optometrists earn an average of $260,691, while the average at Mayo Clinic is $257,711. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.