Optometrist - Demographics

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Optometrist - Demographic Profile

Optometrists are primary health care specialists trained to perform vision tests, diagnose eye diseases, prescribe glasses and other visual aids, perform minor surgical procedures, provide vision-related treatments, and promote eye health. They are able to work with precision and have the ability to put a nervous patient at ease. Below are the rest of our findings on the demographic profile of optometrists.

DIVERSITY

SKILLS AND QUALITIES

INCOME LEVEL

EDUCATION

RESPONSIBILITIES OF AN OPTOMETRIST

EMPLOYMENT

  • One of the great aspects of optometry is that an optometrist, assuming his or her health holds out, can continue to practice well beyond the normal retirement age of 65.

EXTENDED TEAM

CHALLENGES FACED BY OPTOMETRISTS

  • Factors like population, practice location, budget, and competition may restrict an optometrist's ability to grow.
  • They also have to deal with staffing issues. Making sure that their staff is composed of the right people is important because they represent the practice.
  • Implementing new technology can bring convenient solutions; however, optometrists may have difficulty adopting new technology or training their staff to use new technology.

FUTURE OUTLOOK

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Optometrist - Psychographic Profile

To become an optometrist in the United States, an individual must complete a bachelor's degree. That four-year bachelor's degree should be related to optometry such as biology or physiology. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, candidates can apply for admission to an optometry program. There is insufficient information available to the public regarding the psychographic profile of optometrists in the United States.

OPTOMETRIST: PSYCHOGRAPHIC PROFILE

  • To become an optometrist, the first step of the educational journey involves obtaining a four-year bachelor's degree in a related discipline such as biology or physiology. And another four years for an optometry program. The total college training for optometrists is eight years.
  • Some optometrists go further to complete a one-year residency after becoming an optometrist.

2. OPTOMETRIST ARE DETAIL ORIENTED

  • Optometrists need to be detailed oriented as they ensure that patients get appropriate treatment, and their medications and prescriptions are accurate. They often monitor and record details in their patient care practice.

3. OPTOMETRISTS ARE CONFIDENT

  • Optometrists are confident when performing their duties. Experienced optometrists reveal that fresh optometrists are overconfident.
  • Optometrists are required to evaluate the results of several diagnostic tests and need confidence as they decide/determine the best course to follow in treating a patient.

3. OPTOMETRISTS ARE EMPATHETIC

  • Optometrists are empathetic (sensitive, compassionate) and also sympathetic, i.e., understanding, to get their job done.
  • Optometrists positively interact with several people and often have to rely on their excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Optometrists rely on their interpersonal skills because they spend a lot of time examining patients. They are required to be at ease while interacting with patients and need to make their patients feel comfortable while administering treatment.

4.OPTOMETRIST: PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • An optometrist spends significant time performing vision tests and "prescribing corrective lenses."
  • Optometrists spend significant time browsing. The top 60 blogs used by optometrists include the American Optometric Association with a frequency about five posts per week, the blog has fans 24,918 fans on Facebook and 12,494 followers on Twitter.

5. OPTOMETRIST: ONGOING PHYSICIAN EDUCATION

  • Optometrists spend significant time attending conferences yearly.
  • American optometrists make an opportunity from over 230 yearly conferences where doctors of optometry (ODs) learn innovations and often earn CE credits.
  • Doctors of optometry often provide patients with information on risk scores after obtaining results of genetic tests on the predisposed risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

6. MOTIVATIONS

  • There is an insufficient amount of information available to the public regarding the motivation of optometrists in the United States.

7. TECH SAVVY NATURE OF OPTOMETRIST

  • As of 2017, about 684 health IT developers supplied certified health IT services to 354,395 ambulatory primary care providers, including optometrists in the "Medicare EHR Incentive Program."
  • Among 354,395 providers of IT services to primary care providers, over 82% have a 2014 certified edition technology.
  • Epic Systems, supplies 2014 certified technology to over 30% of all healthcare providers in the United States, including providers in the field of optometry.

METHODOLOGY

Research through medical news publications, surveys conducted among doctors of optometry, industry expert reviews for the psychographic profile for an optometrist in the United States failed to uncover relevant statistics to present a detailed analysis. Insights obtained from expert views on the Career Trend web publication regarding optometry revealed the educational requirements for optometrists in years but did not uncover the frequency of informative/educational update among optometrists, nor the common attributes of optometrists. There were no insights pertaining to the motivation of optometrists.

Further research through medical trade journals such as the Optometry Times and credible optometry Career websites among other resources for the psychographic profile for an optometrist in the United States again failed to uncover sufficient statistics or qualitative information required to detail the psychographic profile of optometrists. Research for the skills and attributes used by optometrists to deliver their services to patient as a triangulation attempt uncovered limited information required to give detail on the psychographic profile. The insights obtained from the Optometry Times highlighted some skills used or needed by optometrists to provide phenomenal patient experiences. We assumed that typical American optometrists have these skills and detailed them in the study. This strategy did not give any insights into the motivation of optometrists.

Research through credible databases such as Medscape, Health IT Dashboard, among other resources for hard data, statistics, and facts required to build the psychographic profile for an optometrist in the United States also failed to uncover relevant statistics to present a detailed analysis. Research for the adoption rates of computers, tablets, and smartphones among optometrists did not reveal any helpful finding. The IT Dashboard website revealed that optometrists have benefited from the supply of certified health IT services. There were no insights on relevant statistics to include could be around recommendations to patients around technological devices. There were no insights uncovered on the motivation of optometrists.

Research through credible blogs, social media websites on optometry such as Feedspot blog among other resources for the prevailing rate of blogging, and other activities of optometrists in the United States uncovered limited statistics. The insight obtained from Feedspot revealed that one of the most popular blogs among optometrists is the American Optometric Association with a frequency about five posts per week, the blog has fans 24,918 fans on Facebook and 12,494 followers on Twitter. This strategy did not give any insights into the motivation of optometrists.
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Optometrist - Personas

The median age of optometrists in the US is 45.8 years, while the common ethnicity/race of optometrists is White. They earn average hourly and annual wages of $57.68 and $119,980, respectively working about 41 hours every week and treating around 2,800 patients annually. Optometrists in the US typically work five days/week starting at 9:30 AM and ending at about 6:30 PM. They have traits such as building, thinking, and helping in areas of interest. For ophthalmologists in the United States, they consume media from online channels such as blogs, websites, and social media portals. Their workday starts around 7:30 AM in the office and runs up to about 4:30 PM and are usually busy with the average ophthalmologist treating between 12 to 15 patients per day.

DATA AND INSIGHTS INTO THE PERSONA OF OPTOMETRISTS IN THE US

  • According to a report by ValuePenguin, the path to becoming an optometrist in the US involves completing a 4-year Doctor of Optometry (O.D) program, which combines supervised clinical experience and classes. After getting an O.D degree, they go on to complete a 1-year residency program that qualifies them to obtain advanced clinical training in a particular specialization, such as low-vision rehabilitation, family practice, geriatric optometry, and others.
  • As per a report by Career Explorer, there are about 42,000 optometrists in the United States with a projected growth rate of 17.9% from 2016 to 2026.
  • As of 2010, 62.5% of optometrists surveyed in the US were male while 37.5% were female; by 2015, 55% of them were male and female optometrists had increased to 45%, and the current enrollment numbers indicate that the gender shift trend would continue, according to the American Board of Optometry's latest survey report in 2016.
  • The average age of optometrists in the US is 45.8 years while the common ethnicity/race of optometrists in the United States is White, according to a report by Data USA.
  • The US Bureau of Statistics' 2018 data showed that the median hourly and annual wage for optometrists in the United States was $57.68 and $119,980, respectively.
  • California, Texas, New York, and Illinois are the four areas with the most concentration of optometrists in the US, while areas such as Vermont, Delaware, Wyoming, and Alaska have the lowest concentration of optometrists in the United States, as per a report by Career Explorer.
  • Optometrists in the US reported a career happiness score of 3.0/5-stars putting them in the bottom 31 percent of careers in the United States, according to a study by Career Explorer.
  • Significant personality traits of optometrists in the US include building, thinking, and helping in areas of interest, according to a report by Truity.
  • On average, optometrists spend around 41 hours every week in practice out of which 35 hours go to attending to patients and the rest for managing the practice; also, the average optometrist handles around 2,800 patients yearly.
  • As per a report by NewGrad Optometry, the typical workday of a corporate optometrist begins at 9:30 AM ending at 6:30 PM on weekdays and 5:30 p.m on weekends. Majority of full-time optometrists in the US work five days/week with regular schedules and off days on Sunday and another day at midweek.
  • In the NewGrad Optometry's typical workday report, an optometrist observed that the schedule was not bad and said, "it gives me a nice work/life balance. As a new graduate optometrist, it is common to work similar hours at a private practice. Don’t think that private practice ODs are immune to weekend hours."

TYPES OF MEDIA OPHTHALMOLOGISTS CONSUME

  • Significant social media accounts followed by ophthalmologists in the US include Ophthalmology Times, EyeSmart by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Randall Wong on YouTube, the social accounts of JAMA Ophthalmology, and others, as per a report by FeedSpot.
  • Another report by FeedSpot listed the top websites and blogs where ophthalmologists in the US consume information from to include JAMA Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Times, the Reddit channel dedicated to ophthalmologists, EyeOpener's ophthalmology blog, Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute, and others.
  • According to SJR, ophthalmologists in the US consume information from journals such as Ocular Surface, Annual Review of Vision Science, JAMA Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Journal of Vision, Experimental Eye Research, and others.
  • The above reports listing significant media channels ophthalmologists in the United States consume information shows that these professionals get information from relevant online portals such as websites, blogs, and social platforms, as well as from journals and magazines.

TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST IN THE US

  • 77% of ophthalmologists in the US spend between 30-45 hours per week seeing patients, while 11% spend from 46-55 hours every week seeing patients, according to a study by Medscape.
  • More than half of ophthalmologists in the US (52%) spend 9-12 minutes on a patient, 21% spend 13-16 minutes, 19% spend less than 9 minutes, and 7% of them spend between 17 and 24 minutes, according to a Medscape's study.
  • In a week, ophthalmologists in the US spend the following number of hours on administration and paperwork: 35% of them spend 10-19 hours, 31% of them spend 5-9 hours, 23% of them spend less than 5 hours, while 11% of them use 20 hours or more, as per Medscape's study.
  • An ophthalmologist in the US sees between 12 to 15 patients every day. A routine day consists of carrying eye examinations and follow-up visits, according to a report by The Nest.
  • The typical day for an ophthalmologist in the US starts around 7:30 AM in the office and runs up to about 4:30 PM, days are usually busy with just about 5 minutes available to grab a sandwich for break and coffee when possible. After attending to patients for the day, ophthalmologist attends meetings (usually 1-2 per week) or take care of paperwork before leaving for home around 6 or 7 PM, based on a report by Do The Daniels.
  • In a report by Do The Daniels, an ophthalmologist in the US said, "being an eye physician and surgeon provides me with the knowledge, expertise and opportunity to help many children and adults with disabling vision issues."
  • In the US, there are an estimated 372,400 ophthalmologists, and the job market for this practice is expected to grow by 11.4% from 2016 to 2026, as per a report by CareerExplorer.

RESEARCH STRATEGY:

We investigated studies and reports by the US Bureau of Statistics, CareerExplorer, Medscape, American Board of Optometry, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and others in search of information required of this request for optometrists and ophthalmologists in the US, respectively. This investigation yielded reports by Data USA, The US Bureau of Statistics, CareerExplorer, and others providing information such as the average earnings, job market analysis for optometrists and ophthalmologists, and the career path for each profession. Unfortunately, there were no reports by these directories outlining the typical workday timeline of professionals in these fields. Also, there was no report in the public domain, which revealed the types of media consumed by ophthalmologists in the US.

Therefore, we examined news articles and blogs with interview reports of optometrists and ophthalmologists in the US with the hope of identifying how they went about their daily work routine, as well as any insights into the type of media ophthalmologists consumed. This investigation produced reports by Medscape, The Nest, NewGrad Optometry, and others providing information revealing what the typical day of an optometrist and ophthalmologist was like, respectively. Again, none of these reports gave a complete breakdown of the specific activities during every hour of a workday; instead, these reports highlighted when they likely began and closed work daily. Thus, we provided the same in this report. Also, there was no report in the public domain listing the types of media ophthalmologists consumed.

However, further investigation led to reports by FeedSpot and SJR, which listed the most significant website, blogs, and social media accounts, journals for ophthalmologists in the US. These findings showed that ophthalmologists in the US consumed media from both online and offline sources; thus, we provided the same in this report.



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From Part 02
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  • "As of July 2017, 684 health IT developers supply certified health IT to 354,395 ambulatory primary care physicians, medical and surgical specialists, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists, and chiropractors participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Of those 354,395 providers, over 82% have 2014 certified edition technology. Epic Systems, Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, athenahealth, and NextGen Healthcare supply 2014 certified technology to 60% of all providers that have reported 2014 edition technology. Epic Systems, alone, supplies 2014 certified technology to over 30% of all those providers."
From Part 03
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  • "The route to becoming an optometrist is straightforward. You’ll need to complete a four-year Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) program that combines classes and supervised clinical experience"
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  • "There are currently an estimated 40,200 optometrists in the United States. The optometrist job market is expected to grow by 17.9% between 2016 and 2026."
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  • "As it turns out, optometrists rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 31% of careers."
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  • "My typical day as an optometrist at America’s Best starts at 9:30 am which gives me plenty of time to get enough sleep and commute to work. Most full-time optometrists work five days a week, with the most regular schedules having Sunday and one other day off midweek."
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  • "Optometrists typically have an interest in the Building, Thinking and Helping interest areas, according to the Holland Code framework. "
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  • "The average optometrist spends 41 hours per week in practice, with 35 hours devoted to patients and the rest to managing the practice. Typically, an average optometric practice handles about 2,800 patient consultations per year."
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  • "In 2010, 62.5% of the survey responders were male and 37.5% were female. That distribution changed significantly over 5 years; in 2015, only 55% of the survey responders were male and 45% were female."
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  • "A busy day for an ophthalmologist in private practice means seeing 12 to 15 patients a day. Most routine days consist of eye exams and follow-up visits. Depending on the practice, patients can range from infants to senior citizens."