The number of Optometrists and Orthoptists grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 7,300 in 2018 to 8,000 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).
- Size: This is a small occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
- Location: Optometrists and Orthoptists work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland or New South Wales.
- Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
- Full-time: Many work full-time (71.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
- Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
- Gender: 65.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).
In 2016, employers in some locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Optometrists. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.