Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
1d ago

Pay for optometrists varies depending on experience and where they work.

  • Optometrists with one to two years' experience usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
  • Optometrists with three to five years' experience can earn from $80,000 to $120,000.
  • Optometrists who run their own optometry practice can earn more than this.

    Source : NZ Association of Optometrists, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Optometrists may do some or all of the following :

  • examine eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases
  • provide solutions to vision problems, including prescribing glasses and contact lenses
  • monitor or manage eye diseases, such as allergies, cataracts and glaucoma
  • prescribe medicines to treat eye diseases
  • prescribe and fit glasses, contact lenses and other visual aids
  • advise clients on eyewear products, such as frames
  • advise on computer set-up and lighting in workplaces
  • run their own business.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Optometrists need to have knowledge of :

  • the structure of the eye and how vision works
  • eye problems and diseases
  • lenses, contact lenses and frames for glasses
  • eye examination equipment.
  • Those running their own practice will need business management skills.

    Optometrists :

  • usually work regular business hours
  • work in clinical rooms, retail optical chains, private practices, hospitals and educational institutes.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an optometrist you must :

  • complete the five-year Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) at the University of Auckland
  • be registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board
  • hold a current Annual Practising Certificate.
  • The Vulnerable Children Act 2014 means that if you have certain serious convictions, you can’t be employed in a role where you are responsible for, or work alone with, children.

    Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, physics, maths and English.

    Personal requirements

    Optometrists need to be :

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • patient and understanding
  • able to work with a wide range of clients
  • good communicators and listeners.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for optometrists includes :

  • work in the health sector
  • work as an assistant to an optometrist
  • business management experience
  • scientific or medical research.
  • Registration

    Optometrists need to be registered with the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticains Board, and hold an Annual Practising Certificate.

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