Optometry

Optometry is about training as a optometrist.

An optometrist treats people for eye illnesses and injuries as well as treating their vision problems, and may also do optometry research.

Training as a optometrist involves learning to examine patients' eyes, diagnose vision problems, and treat them.

NZ university majors related to this area

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Private-practice optometrist
  • Hospital optometrist
  • Optical technician
  • Dispensing optician
  • Optometry researcher
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Technician
  • Science teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

132% of national
median earnings


Employment

74%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
20%
Further study
5%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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