Optometrist (OD)

Getting Started

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High School Courses

High school students should study mathematics, chemistry and biology. A bachelor’s degree with 2-3 years of pre-optometric study is recommended at an accredited college or university. It is recommended that students take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT) during their sophomore or junior year to gain admission into a 4-year program at an accredited optometry school*. Courses will include pharmacology, optics, vision science, biochemistry, laboratory and clinical training. Upon completion of the 4-year program, students receive their Doctor of Optometry Degree. They also must pass written and clinical state board examinations to become licensed. Optometrists wishing to specialize (see listing) must complete postgraduate residency programs. *Optometry Schools–There are no Schools of Optometry in Wisconsin.

Education and Training

Professional Organizations

American Optometric Association
243 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO, 63141-7881
314/991-4100 or 800/365-2219

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 420
Rockville, MD, 20852

National Board of Examiners in Optometry
200 S. College St., #2010
Charlotte, NC, 28202
704/332-9565 or 800/969-EXAM

Wisconsin Optometric Association
6510 Grand Teton Plaza, Suite 312
Madison, WI, 53719
608/824-2200 or 800/678-5357

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 550
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 40,600
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 51,600
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 27%
Expected Annual Openings: 2,550
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $94,209

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center provides the most current salary information available from CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop will have a lapse between when the information is gathered and when it is released.