The number of people working as Optometrists and Orthoptists (in their main job) 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 below average in 2018.
- Location: Optometrists and Orthoptists work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
- Full-time: Many work full-time (64%, similar to the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 58% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Optometrists in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Optometrists.