The pre-optometry major prepares students for optometry school. Pre-professional health programs require a solid and varied background in the sciences. Pre-optometry students who decide not to pursue optometry school find employment in health-related industries. Many go on to become ophthalmic and optometric assistants, technicians, and technologists.
The following occupations represent some career opportunities available to pre-optometry majors. Some will require additional education. For more information visit the Career Center in Lucina 220.
Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Technologist Environmental Health Specialist Forensic Scientist Health Services Specialist Home Health Aide Hospital Administrator Industrial Hygienist Librarian, Health Sciences Manufacturer’s Agent, Ophthalmic Marketing Manager, Health Related Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Records Technician/Transcriptionist Nursing Aide Occupational Therapist Optometric Assistant/Technician/Technologist Optometrist Public Relations Specialist, Health Care Sales Representative, Ophthalmic Supplies/Equipment Science Laboratory Technician Teacher, Science/Math Writer
Resources available in the Career Center, Lucina 220:
Career Opportunities in Health Care (OCC HEAL 2)Careers for Health Nuts & Others Who Like to Stay Fit (OCC PT 30)Careers in Focus: Medical Technicians (OCC HEAL 34)Careers in Health Care (OCC HEAL 4)Exploring Health Care Careers (OCC HEAL 8)Opportunities in Eye Care Careers (OCC HEAL 20)Opportunities in Health and Medical Careers (OCC HEAL 26)Opportunities in Hospital Administration Careers (OCC HEAL 30)
Ball State Department of Biology—Pre-Optometry Preparation: http://www.bsu.edu/web/biology/Pre-med/Pre-Optom.htm Great Links to Explore (BSU Career Center) America ’s Career InfoNet: http://www.acinet.orgAmerican Academy of Ophthamology: http://www.aao.orgAmerican Academy of Optometry: http://www.aaopt.org/American Optometric Association: http://www.aoanet.org/Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry: http://www.opted.org/Employment Outlook: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0854971.htmlIndianaINTERNnet: http://www.indianaintern.net/home.aspInternships.comInternships-USA.comVault Career InsiderO*NET: http://online.onetcenter.orgOccupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/Salary Wizard: http://www.salary.comVolunteer Match: http://www.volunteermatch.org
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