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Optometrist Work Conditions

Optometrists held about 34,200 jobs in 2010. About half of optometrists work in stand-alone offices of optometry. Optometrists may also work in doctors’ offices, retail stores, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. Some optometrists are self-employed.

As shown in the following tabulation, 50 percent of optometrists were employed in offices of optometrists in 2010:

Offices of optometrists 50%
Self-employed workers 22%
Offices of physicians 13%
Health and personal care stores 8%
Outpatient care centers 2%

Most optometrists work full time. Some work evenings and weekends to suit patients’ needs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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