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Optometry Major

Optometry is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in optometry, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 22 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Optometry Degree?

This is one of the most frequently chosen college majors. It is the most popular in the country with students graduating with a bachelor’s in optometry in 2017.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of optometry majors is as follows:

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Optometry Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as an Optometry Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to optometry to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Optometry Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Optometry Majors

Skills for Optometry Majors

When studying optometry, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Optometry Majors

Abilities for Optometry Majors

Optometry majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for optometry Majors

What Can You Do With an Optometry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with optometry:

Careers Related to Optometry
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Optometrists

17.9%

$111,790

Optometry Major Salary

Average salaries range from $120,000 to $120,000 for careers related to optometry. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Optometry Major Jobs

Some careers associated with optometry may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for optometry careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Optometry
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

0%

Post-Secondary Certificate

0%

Some College Courses

0%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

0%

Bachelor's Degree

0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0%

Master's Degree

0%

Post-Master's Certificate

0%

First Professional Degree

9%

Doctoral Degree

94.2%

Post-Doctoral Training

0%

Online Optometry Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in optometry, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is an Optometry Major Worth It?

The median salary for an optometry grad is $120,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 208% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,621,600 after 20 years!

optometry salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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