The number of Optometrists and Orthoptists grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 5,500 in 2017 to 6,200 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).
- Size: This is a very 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.