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Optometrist

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Optometrists, also known as ophthalmic opticians, examine and test eyes. They also look out for underlying health problems. They discuss the patient's needs to see what spectacles or contact lenses would suit them best. They then analyse the test results to prescribe spectacles or contact lenses to improve the patient's sight.

The Work

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Pay

Pay rates can vary depending on whether the optometrist works with the National Health Service (NHS), with a private practice, or is self-employed.

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales optometrists' salaries are on Band 6, £27,635 to £37,000 a year. Specialist optometrist salaries are on Band 7, £32,974 to £43,471 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2018.

Qualified optometrists in private practice can earn around £25,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £65,000 a year or more plus benefits.

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Getting In

To work in the UK as an optometrist you must be registered with the General Optical Council (GOC). There is a specific route to this.

You can find work in large optical chain stores, hospital departments or independent practices. Currently there are over 14,642 registered optometrists in the UK.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1696
2.2 %
RISE
2023
1734
  United Kingdom
2018
18473
0.5 %
RISE
2023
18563

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

College of Optometrists
Tel: 020 7839 6000
Website: http://www.college-optometrists.org/
Twitter: @CollegeOptomUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CollegeOptomUKStudents/

General Optical Council
Tel: 020 7580 3898
E-mail: goc@optical.org
Website: http://www.optical.org/
Twitter: @GOC_UK

Skills for Health
Tel: 0207 388 8800
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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