Optometry Rated “Excellent” Career Choice By U.S.News and World Report

March 22, 2007

Kimberly O’Sullivan
Director, Communications
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
(301) 231-5944 ext. 3019

Optometry Rated “Excellent” Career Choice By U.S.News and World Report

March 22, 2007 — Optometry is rated “excellent” in a guide to careers that appeared in the March 19, 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report. Optometry is one of 10 careers that will be in growing demand as “baby boomers age, the Internet becomes ubiquitous and Americans seek richer, simpler lives.” The link to the article is www.usnews.com/careers.

The list of recommended careers is based on expectations for job growth, earnings potential and the opportunity for meaningful work and good quality of life.

In the U.S. News and World Report guide, Optometry is identified as a “career where the job prospects are strong due to the large number of aging boomers in need of vision care.” Satisfaction in optometry, the article notes, is high “since most vision problems can be corrected with lenses or relatively minor surgery.” High growth was particularly projected for pediatric optometry.

ASCO President Hector Santiago, O.D., Ph.D., noted, “We are delighted to see that U.S. News confirmed what practicing optometrists already know – optometry is a smart career choice with expanding potential. The increasing number of students applying to optometry school over the past few years shows that ASCO’s career promotion efforts are succeeding in spreading the news about the many advantages of choosing the profession of optometry as a career. The U.S. News accompanying article on Dr. Lori Youngman also portrays the true character of the profession: one that holds hands and has sensibility for the needs of patients while providing excellent primary eye care.”