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Optometrist Job Outlook

The Optometrist Job Outlook is very good as employment of optometrists is projected to grow 27% from 2014 to 2024, significantly faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the stong Optometrist Job Outlook will only equate to about 11,000 new optometrist jobs over the 10-year period. Because vision problems tend to occur more frequently later in life, more optometrists will be needed to meet the health needs of an aging population. Also, the number of people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, has increased in recent years. These diseases frequently cause vision problems and require treatment from optometrists. In addition, an increasing number of insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, provide some vision or eye-care insurance coverage, which will boost demand for optometry services.

Because the number of optometrists is limited by the number of accredited optometry schools, the job outlook for licensed optometrists is very good. Admission to Doctor of Optometry programs is competitive, however, as it is for professional degree programs in other fields. In addition, a large number of currently practicing optometrists is expected to retire over the coming decade, creating opportunities for new optometrists

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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