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Learn more about finding the right optometry school or college for you, the application process and the different modalities you can pursue.

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A career in optometry compared to others

From average salary to years spent in school, see how a career in optometry compares to other healthcare careers like osteopathy, allopathy, dentistry, podiatry, pharmacy and more.

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Career Comparison

Role
"Dr." Title?
Career Paths
Average Hours/Week
Average Annual Tuition
Average Salary

Optometry

Role
O.D., Vision and ocular health
"Dr." Title?
Yes
Career Paths
  • Private practice
  • Hospital
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • VA
  • Military
  • Retail practice
Average Hours/Week
~40 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$22k–$43k per year
Average Salary
$168K/year

Osteopathic Medicine

Role
D.O., Medical
"Dr." Title?
Yes
Career Paths
  • Private practice
  • Hospital
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • VA
  • Public health
  • Political advocacy
Average Hours/Week
~50 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$37k–$74k per year
Average Salary
$188K/year

Allopathic Medicine

Role
M.D., Medical
"Dr." Title?
Yes
Career Paths
  • Private practice
  • Hospital
  • Research
  • Academia
  • Industry
  • VA
  • Public health
  • Political advocacy
Average Hours/Week
~50 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$40k–$56k per year
Average Salary
$208K/year

Dentistry

Role
D.M.D, D.D.S, Teeth
"Dr." Title?
Yes
Career Paths
  • Private practice
  • Academia
  • VA
  • Military
  • Partnership practice
  • Public health
Average Hours/Week
~60 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$36k–$56k per year
Average Salary
$164K/year

Pharmacy

Role
PharmD, Pharmaceuticals
"Dr." Title?
Yes
Career Paths
  • Academia
  • Retail pharmacy
  • Hospital pharmacy
  • Medical distribution
  • Ambulatory care
  • Specialty
Average Hours/Week
~45 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$18k–$40k per year
Average Salary
$128K/year

Podiatry

Role
D.P.M, Feet
"Dr." Title?
Yes
Career Paths
  • Academia
  • VA
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Public health
  • Sports medicine
Average Hours/Week
~50 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$46k–$81k per year
Average Salary
$134K/year

Physician’s Assistant

Role
PA, Medical
"Dr." Title?
No
Career Paths
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Doctors' offices
  • Surgery
  • Specialty
Average Hours/Week
~40 hours/week
Average Annual Tuition
$50k–$89k per year
Average Salary
$115K/year
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