Orthoptists

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About the Job

Diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.

It is also Called

  • Orthoptist
  • Clinical Orthoptist (CO)
  • Chief Orthoptist
  • Certified Orthoptist

What They Do

  • Present or publish scientific papers.
  • Perform vision screening of children in schools or community health centers.
  • Participate in clinical research projects.
  • Collaborate with ophthalmologists, optometrists, or other specialists in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal diseases.
  • Prepare diagnostic or treatment reports for other medical practitioners or therapists.
  • Assist ophthalmologists in diagnostic ophthalmic procedures, such as ultrasonography, fundus photography, and tonometry.
  • Refer patients to ophthalmic surgeons or other physicians.
  • Provide training related to clinical methods or orthoptics to students, resident physicians, or other health professionals.
  • Develop nonsurgical treatment plans for patients with conditions such as strabismus, nystagmus, and other visual disorders.
  • Develop or use special test and communication techniques to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of children or disabled patients.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ISR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $78,950 with most people making between $51,710 and $111,310

Outlook

0.34%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 870 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 3 openings due to growth and about 17 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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