How to write an Optometrist job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Optometrist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Optometrist job titles

    Independent Optometrist
    Optometrist (Pediatric)
    Optometrist (Part-Time)
    Licensed Optometrist

Optometrist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Optometrist job summary

Our eye and ear specialist practice has an immediate opening for a state-licensed Optometrist. We’re a rapidly growing practice with a full roster of Physicians and other health care personnel. The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience working as a licensed Optometrist and a background in treating eye-related disorders and conditions. We will also consider candidates who have worked as opticians and only recently fulfilled their educational requirements to become Optometrists. However, you must have passed the licensing exam prior to your hire date. We offer flexible hours, competitive pay and an excellent benefits package for the right applicant.

Optometrist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Optometrist responsibilities

    Provide outpatient care for patients with eye-related disorders and conditions
    Conduct routine eye examinations, including visual field tests
    Determine each patient’s visual acuity, field of vision and hand-eye coordination
    Take detailed medical histories for all patients, including current and past prescription medications
    Evaluate eye-related symptoms, such as discharge, redness and inflammation
    Prescribe corrective lenses when required
    Refer patients to board-certified ophthalmologists when required for more holistic eye care
    Educate patients on proper eye care
    Identify eye health safety factors that could impact vision, such as working around chemicals or in front of a computer
    Advise patients about proper eye hygiene and care

Optometrist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Optometrist skills

    Province-issued licence for optometry and O.D.
    5+ years’ experience working as an optometrist
    Alternatively, 6+ years working as an optometrist
    Excellent customer service and organization skills
    Advanced time management skills
    Ability to diagnose and treat eye-related disorders and conditions

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