Orthoptists diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory deficiencies.

    A bachelor degree in vision science or another related field is needed to work as an Orthoptist. Some Orthoptists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Diagnoses eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function.
    • Prescribes lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids, and checks suitability and comfort.
    • Prescribes exercises to co-ordinate movement and focusing of eyes.
    • Manages programmes for eye movement disorders, as well as instructing and counselling patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercises.
    • Advises on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety.
    • Conducts rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired.

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    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Orthoptists

    • 830 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 89% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Orthoptists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 670 in 2011 to 830 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Orthoptists work in New South Wales and Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (49%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 89% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance96.1
    Education and Training1.5
    Other Services1.2
    Public Administration and Safety0.7
    Other Industries0.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOrthoptistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW46.831.6
    VIC39.225.6
    QLD7.620.0
    SA1.77.0
    WA3.310.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOrthoptistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-244.7-9.39.3
    25-3442.5-22.922.9
    35-4424.5-22.022.0
    45-5417.1-21.621.6
    55-596.7-9.09.0
    60-643.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOrthoptistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate30.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree56.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.8-21.121.1
    Year 120.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in vision science or another related field is needed to work as an Orthoptist. Some Orthoptists complete postgraduate studies.

    While registration with the Australian Orthoptic Board (AOB) is not compulsory to practice, Orthoptists are required to register with the AOB according to legislation regarding the practice of refraction, prescribing of optical lenses and ultrasonography. This also applies to legislation regarding the administration of drugs and poisons.

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    Employers look for Optometrists and Orthoptists who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

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    1. Education and training

      67% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    2. English language

      66% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Customer and personal service

      65% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Medicine and dentistry

      62% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    5. Psychology

      53% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    1. Contact with people

      100% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      100% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Being exact or accurate

      94% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    5. Physically close to people

      93% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

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