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.
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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:
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:
Abilities for Optometry Majors
Optometry majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:
What Can You Do With an Optometry Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with optometry:
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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.
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.
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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!
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