Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries of the eyes and related structures.

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $229,120.00
Average Time to Fill 64 days
Typical Education Advanced degree (includes Master's, Professional, and Doctoral degrees)
Typical Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 4,235
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 18.54 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Work Ethic
Customer Service
Critical Thinking
Oral Communication
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Administer non-intravenous medications
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Test patient vision
Give medications or immunizations
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Treat medical condition of patient
Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries
Treat chronic diseases or disorders
Conduct invasive medical diagnostic assessments
Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer medical injections
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures
Perform medical surgery
Perform minor surgery
Develop medical treatment plans
Administer anesthetics or sedatives
Attend to patient's personal care
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Test patient heart or lung functioning
Conduct medical tests
Test patient nervous system functioning
Develop treatment plans
Position patients for treatment or examination
Solve clinical problems
Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies
Perform emergency medical procedures
Fit vision aids such as eyeglasses or contact lenses
Develop exercise or conditioning programs
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Fit medical supportive devices

Analyzing Data or Information

Examine test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment
Analyze medical or health data
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Calculate medical diagnostic test results
Calculate medicine dosages
Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals
Examine patients
Calculate numerical data for medical activities
Analyze patient activity
Analyze quantitative data to determine effectiveness of treatments or therapies
Conduct patient assessments
Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients
Conduct physical examinations
Perform medical research
Examine evidence and medical data to determine cause of death
Analyze organic compounds

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Emergency Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine
Practicing Medicine
General Practice
Electronic Medical Records

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