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Careers in Eye Health, Vision Care, or Working
with Visually Impaired Populations
Careers in Eye Health, Vision Care, or Working with Visually Impaired Populations
Ophthalmologist
  • Field - Medical

  • Education - College, Medical School, Licensing Hours

  • Primary Responsibilities - Diagnose, Prescribe and Treat medically and surgically, research

  • Average Salary (Full time) - Over $100,000/year

Ophthalmic Medical Technician
  • Field - Medical

  • Education - High School, Optional certification or Associates Degree

  • Primary Responsibilities - Direct assistance to ophthalmologist in patient care, may also perform office management and supervisiorial duties

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $40,000 - $50,000/year

Ophthalmic Assistant
  • Field - Medical

  • Education - High School, Optional certification

  • Primary Responsibilities - Obtain patient records and collect data, interact with patients, preliminary eye function testing, assist ophthalmologist

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $35,000/year

Optometrist
  • Field - Medical

  • Education - College, Optometry School

  • Primary Responsibilities - Eye Exams, Vision Screening, Prescribing Corrective Lenses and Medication for some eye diseases

  • Average Salary (Full time) - Over $100,000/year

Optometric Technician/ Assistant
  • Field - Medical

  • Education - High School, Optional certification or Associates Degree

  • Primary Responsibilities - Direct assistance to optometrist in patient care and clinic management, vision screenings

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $30,000 - $40,000/year

Optician
  • Field - Medical

  • Education - High School, Certification Program, Pass Licensing Exams

  • Primary Responsibilities - Technician who can design and fit corrective lenses using prescriptions from an ophthalmologist or optometrist

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $30,000 - $40,000/year

Special Education Teacher
  • Field - Education

  • Education - College, Graduate School, Pass Certification Exams

  • Primary Responsibilities - Provide specialized support to visually impaired students and general education teachers, including teaching braille, mobility, and independent living skills

  • Average Salary (Full time) - Over $60,000/year

Paraeducator/ Teacher's Assistant
  • Field - Education

  • Education - High School, Some College Units, Experience working with Visually Impaired

  • Primary Responsibilities - Provide classroom support to visually impaired students and teachers working with visually impaired populations

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $10 - $15/hour

Braille Transcriber
  • Field - Education

  • Education - High School, Certification as Braille Transcriber

  • Primary Responsibilities - Transcribe instructional materials into Braille

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $20/hour

Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Field - Education

  • Education - Orientation and Mobility Specialist

  • Primary Responsibilities - Provide direct support to visually impaired clients to support mobility in a variety of contexts

  • Average Salary (Full time) - Over $40,000/year

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician
  • Field - Engineering

  • Education - Makes prescription lenses for glasses and contact lenses, may also make lenses for other uses

  • Primary Responsibilities - Makes prescription lenses for glasses and contact lenses, may also make lenses for other uses

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $35,000/year

Accessiblity Engineer
  • Field - Accesibility/ Engineering

  • Education - College, possibly some graduate school

  • Primary Responsibilities - Plan and execute ways to make technology or physical space useable for people with visual impairment

  • Average Salary (Full time) - Over $60,000/year

Apps Developer
  • Field - Apps Developer

  • Education - High School, possibly some college

  • Primary Responsibilities - Develop apps to support people with visual impairment navigate their daily lives

  • Average Salary (Full time) - Over $60,000/year

Guide Dog Trainer
  • Field - Accessibility

  • Education - High School, experience working with animals

  • Primary Responsibilities - Train dogs to support people with visual impairments

  • Average Salary (Full time) - $30,000/year

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