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Optometrists and Orthoptists

ANZSCO ID 2514

Overview

All Optometrists and Orthoptists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 6,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 58% female Gender Share

Optometrists and Orthoptists perform eye examinations and vision tests, prescribe lenses, other optical aids and therapy, and diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory problems.

You need a bachelor degree in vision science, clinical optometry or another related field to work as an Optometrist or Orthoptist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • examining patients' eyes and setting tests to determine the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
  • assessing ocular health and visual function by measuring visual acuity and refractive error, and testing the function of visual pathways, visual fields, eye movements, freedom of vision and intraocular pressure, and performing other tests using special eye test equipment
  • detecting, diagnosing and managing eye disease, referring patients to, and receiving referrals from other health providers, and prescribing medications for the treatment of eye disease
  • diagnosing eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function
  • prescribing lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids, and checking suitability and comfort
  • prescribing exercises to coordinate movement and focusing of eyes
  • managing programs for eye movement disorders, and instructing and counselling patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercises
  • advising on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety
  • conducting preventative screening programs
  • conducting rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in vision science, clinical optometry or another related field to work as an Optometrist or Orthoptist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or the Australian Orthoptic Board is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    77% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Biology

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Clerical

    58% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. English language

    58% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Chemistry

    57% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Therapy and counselling

    57% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  11. Sales and marketing

    56% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Education and training

    54% Skill level

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

  13. Personnel and human resources

    53% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Economics and accounting

    49% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  16. Physics

    47% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Production and processing

    39% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Sociology and anthropology

    35% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  20. Public safety and security

    33% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    63% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Science

    59% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  5. Speaking

    59% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Active learning

    55% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  11. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  13. Persuasion

    48% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  14. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    73% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Near vision

    64% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Written comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Oral expression

    63% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  8. Finger dexterity

    61% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Control precision

    59% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    59% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    57% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  15. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Making decisions and solving problems

    77% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    75% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    73% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    71% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  6. Documenting or recording information

    70% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  7. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Working with the public

    68% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  9. Helping and caring for others

    67% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    65% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  12. Explaining things to people

    64% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  13. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    60% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Giving expert advice

    58% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  17. Guiding and directing staff

    58% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  18. Training and teaching others

    55% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Providing office support

    53% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1041.00 - Optometrists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Contact with people

    93% Important

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

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Contact with the public

    92% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  7. Physically close to people

    92% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  8. Electronic mail

    90% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Letters and memos

    90% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Frequent decision making

    88% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  13. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Unstructured work

    82% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Disease or infection

    80% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  16. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Spend time sitting

    73% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  19. Competition

    71% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    71% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Working conditions

    88% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  2. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Recognition

    86% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  5. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Helping

    76% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Practical

    71% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Administrative

    38% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1041.00 - Optometrists.

All Optometrists and Orthoptists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 6,700 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 64% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 58% female Gender Share

Optometrists and Orthoptists perform eye examinations and vision tests, prescribe lenses, other optical aids and therapy, and diagnose and manage eye movement disorders and associated sensory problems.

You need a bachelor degree in vision science, clinical optometry or another related field to work as an Optometrist or Orthoptist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • examining patients' eyes and setting tests to determine the nature and extent of vision problems and abnormalities
  • assessing ocular health and visual function by measuring visual acuity and refractive error, and testing the function of visual pathways, visual fields, eye movements, freedom of vision and intraocular pressure, and performing other tests using special eye test equipment
  • detecting, diagnosing and managing eye disease, referring patients to, and receiving referrals from other health providers, and prescribing medications for the treatment of eye disease
  • diagnosing eye movement disorders and defects of binocular function
  • prescribing lenses, contact lenses and low vision aids, and checking suitability and comfort
  • prescribing exercises to coordinate movement and focusing of eyes
  • managing programs for eye movement disorders, and instructing and counselling patients in the use of corrective techniques and eye exercises
  • advising on visual health matters such as contact lens care, vision care for the elderly, optics, visual ergonomics, and occupational and industrial eye safety
  • conducting preventative screening programs
  • conducting rehabilitation programs for the visually impaired

You need a bachelor degree in vision science, clinical optometry or another related field to work as an Optometrist or Orthoptist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or the Australian Orthoptic Board is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    77% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Biology

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Psychology

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    58% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Clerical

    58% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. English language

    58% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Chemistry

    57% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Therapy and counselling

    57% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  11. Sales and marketing

    56% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  12. Education and training

    54% Skill level

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

  13. Personnel and human resources

    53% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  14. Economics and accounting

    49% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  16. Physics

    47% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Production and processing

    39% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Sociology and anthropology

    35% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  20. Public safety and security

    33% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    63% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Science

    59% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  5. Speaking

    59% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Active learning

    55% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  8. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  11. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  13. Persuasion

    48% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  14. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Mathematics

    45% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  17. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  19. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    73% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    73% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Near vision

    64% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  6. Written comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Oral expression

    63% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  8. Finger dexterity

    61% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Categorising

    59% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Control precision

    59% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    59% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    57% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  15. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Making decisions and solving problems

    77% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    75% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    73% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    71% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  6. Documenting or recording information

    70% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  7. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Working with the public

    68% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  9. Helping and caring for others

    67% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    65% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  11. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  12. Explaining things to people

    64% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  13. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    60% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  15. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  16. Giving expert advice

    58% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  17. Guiding and directing staff

    58% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  18. Training and teaching others

    55% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  20. Providing office support

    53% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1041.00 - Optometrists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Contact with people

    93% Important

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

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    93% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Contact with the public

    92% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  7. Physically close to people

    92% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  8. Electronic mail

    90% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    90% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Letters and memos

    90% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Frequent decision making

    88% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  13. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  14. Unstructured work

    82% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Disease or infection

    80% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  16. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Spend time sitting

    73% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  19. Competition

    71% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    71% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Working conditions

    88% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  2. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Recognition

    86% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Relationships

    86% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  5. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    86% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Helping

    76% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Practical

    71% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  4. Enterprising

    48% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Administrative

    38% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1041.00 - Optometrists.
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