Eye Specialists provide diagnostic, treatment and preventative medical services related to diseases, injuries and deficiencies of the human eye and associated structures.

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists to specialise as an Ophthalmologist. Many Eye Specialists complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Read patient's history.
    • Examine patients and determine whether surgery is necessary.
    • Consults with anaesthetists about the operation and the patient's treatment.
    • Gives instructions about preparing patients for operating theatres.
    • Performs and manages operations.
    • Provides instructions for post-operative care.
    • Monitors patients after surgery.
    • Keeps medical records and sends final reports to general practitioners.
    • May teach trainees.

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    • Strong Future Growth
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    Eye Specialists

    • 850 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 47 years Average age
    • 28% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Eye Specialists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 730 in 2011 to 850 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Eye Specialists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
    • Gender: 28% 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 Assistance97.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.1
    Education and Training0.6
    Other Services0.5
    Other Industries0.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEye SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.731.6
    VIC28.525.6
    QLD15.520.0
    SA8.27.0
    WA9.010.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT0.91.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEye SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.3-9.39.3
    25-3414.9-22.922.9
    35-4425.8-22.022.0
    45-5422.7-21.621.6
    55-5914.0-9.09.0
    60-649.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over12.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationEye SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate59.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree37.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.5-21.121.1
    Year 121.1-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists to specialise as an Ophthalmologist. Many Eye Specialists complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners 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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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Medicine and Dentistry

      92% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      75% Skill level

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

    3. Biology

      74% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      72% Skill level

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

    5. Education and Training

      72% Skill level

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

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    1. Contact With Others

      100% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      100% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      100% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Impact of Decisions

      99% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      98% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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