Optometrist

As specialists of vision and vision problems, optometrists are the specialists we go to see when we are having problems with our eyes. They know the eye and its problems like the back of their hand and their knowledge allows them to identify the method needed to ensure that their patients see properly.

Employment outlook

Excellent
Employment opportunities are excellent in Nova-Scotia

Prerequisits

Undergraduate degree - Minimum GPA of 3.3 required

Letter of reference (non-academic)

Interview (non-academic)

Daily tasks

  • Manage patients at the time of their admission
  • Diagnose the patient’s vision problems
  • Identify the appropriate visual aid for the patient and their problem
  • Establish personalized treatment and work programs
  • Write medical prescriptions for patients
  • Meet with patients regularly to work with them
  • Advise other health professionals when working as a team

Required skills

  • Analyze situations to find the best solution
  • Enjoy working with the public
  • Love physical work and handling of instruments
  • Love teamwork and interdisciplinary
  • This work demands close attention to detail.

Salary

$25,16 / hour *

Annual salary at 40h per week: $52 333

Min hourly rate: $16,00 / h ($33 280)

Max hourly rate: $32,00 / h ($66 560)

* Median rate according to Statistics Canada

Work locations

  • Private clinic
  • Self-employed

Training institutions

Available scholarships in Nova Scotia

Type of diploma obtained

Master of Science

Years of study: 3

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