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Overview

All Optometrists and Orthoptists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

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

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

You need a bachelor degree in vision science or orthoptics to work as an Orthoptist. It is also common to 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.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in vision science or orthoptics to work as an Orthoptist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Registration or licencing may be 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. 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.

  6. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Therapy and counselling

    49% Skill level

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

  8. Clerical

    49% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Biology

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    32% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    31% Skill level

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

  15. Communications and media

    31% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Public safety and security

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Foreign language

    29% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Mechanical

    26% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  20. Law and government

    24% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Serving others

    57% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  5. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Science

    55% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  7. Social perceptiveness

    55% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Instructing

    55% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

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

  13. Learning strategies

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  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. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Operations analysis

    41% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

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

  3. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Flexibility of closure

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Far vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  14. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Originality

    43% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  20. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Making decisions and solving problems

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Helping and caring for others

    73% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    72% Skill level

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

  6. Training and teaching others

    71% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    68% Skill level

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

  8. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    64% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Explaining things to people

    63% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  12. Working with the public

    62% Skill level

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

  13. Coaching and developing others

    61% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Communicating with the public

    54% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Thinking creatively

    51% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    42% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    41% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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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, 29-1199.05 - Orthoptists.

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.

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Demands

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

  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.

  6. Teamwork

    92% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  8. Contact with the public

    87% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  9. Telephone

    87% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Unstructured work

    84% Important

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

  12. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    83% Important

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

  14. Disease or infection

    80% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  15. Spend time sitting

    75% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  16. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Letters and memos

    74% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    68% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Time pressure

    66% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

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

  3. Relationships

    76% 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.

  4. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  5. Support

    62% 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.

  6. Recognition

    57% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    90% 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

    62% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  5. Administrative

    24% Important

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

  6. Creative

    24% 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, 29-1199.05 - Orthoptists.

All Optometrists and Orthoptists

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

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

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

You need a bachelor degree in vision science or orthoptics to work as an Orthoptist. It is also common to 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.

You need a bachelor degree in vision science or orthoptics to work as an Orthoptist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Registration or licencing may be 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. 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.

  6. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Therapy and counselling

    49% Skill level

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

  8. Clerical

    49% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Biology

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    32% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    31% Skill level

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

  15. Communications and media

    31% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Public safety and security

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Foreign language

    29% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Mechanical

    26% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  20. Law and government

    24% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Serving others

    57% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  5. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Science

    55% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  7. Social perceptiveness

    55% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Instructing

    55% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

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

  13. Learning strategies

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  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. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Operations analysis

    41% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

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

  3. Oral comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Flexibility of closure

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Far vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  14. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Originality

    43% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  20. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Making decisions and solving problems

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    73% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Helping and caring for others

    73% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    72% Skill level

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

  6. Training and teaching others

    71% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    68% Skill level

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

  8. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    64% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Explaining things to people

    63% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  12. Working with the public

    62% Skill level

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

  13. Coaching and developing others

    61% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Communicating with the public

    54% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Thinking creatively

    51% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    42% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    41% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

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, 29-1199.05 - Orthoptists.

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. 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.

  6. Teamwork

    92% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Electronic mail

    89% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  8. Contact with the public

    87% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  9. Telephone

    87% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Unstructured work

    84% Important

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

  12. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    83% Important

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

  14. Disease or infection

    80% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  15. Spend time sitting

    75% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  16. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Letters and memos

    74% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    68% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Time pressure

    66% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

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

  3. Relationships

    76% 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.

  4. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  5. Support

    62% 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.

  6. Recognition

    57% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    90% 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

    62% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  5. Administrative

    24% Important

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

  6. Creative

    24% 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, 29-1199.05 - Orthoptists.
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