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29-1041 Optometrists



Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions. Ophthalmologists are included in “Physicians and Surgeons, All Other” (29-1069).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Southeast Minnesota 7013$72.36/hr$50.64/hr$62.00/hr$64.52/hr$84.75/hr>$100/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities40$70.25/hr
Professional and Business Services20$66.48/hr
Education and Health Services490$64.52/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$64.52/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$51.50/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$49.20/hr5.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$49.26/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$62.87/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$61.94/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$64.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$63.65/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$62.34/hr4.8%
Southeast Balance of State 40$64.75/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 50$55.64/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 60$57.63/hr3.7%
Central Minnesota 70$65.30/hr8.1%
Southeast Minnesota 70$64.52/hr4.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 290$66.73/hr7.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 340$66.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 570$64.81/hr7.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Podiatrists 150>$100/hr2.4%
Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric 370>$100/hrN/A
Radiologists 150>$100/hrN/A
Veterinarians 1,680$51.51/hr13.1%
Dermatologists 750>$100/hrN/A
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons N/AN/AN/A


  • Examine eyes, using observation, instruments, and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus, and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities, such as glaucoma or color blindness.
  • Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses, and other vision aids.
  • Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements, and safety factors.
  • Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
  • Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
  • Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements, and safety factors.
  • Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
  • Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.