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Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals

What they do?

Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent diseases/disorders of the eye, and prescribe and dispense eyeglasses/contact lenses.

Chiropractors diagnose and treat disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system with manipulation and other techniques, and provide holistic health care.

Osteopathic physicians diagnose, treat, and prescribe for patients' medical, surgical, and obstetrical problems. Their training includes an emphasis on the use of the musculoskeletal system in restoring health.

Naturopathic doctors diagnose, treat and prevent diseases/disorders using natural non-invasive therapies and hands-on techniques such as acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical (herbal) medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, and lifestyle counselling.

Where they find work?

1. Health care and social assistance - 94.0%
2. Retail trade - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. In general, you must complete a college or university program, and you may need a licence for the province/territory where you'll work as well as membership in a professional association.

2. To be an optometrist, you need a three-year college program with mathematics/science courses and a four-year university degree in optometry, and you must pass the Canadian Standard Assessment in optometry and provincial/territorial exams.

3. To be a chiropractor, you must complete three years of university science studies, obtain a degree from an accredited chiropractic college, and pass the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and provincial/territorial exams.

4. To be an orthoptist, you need two years' education after high school in a science specialization, two years' hospital-based training, and supervised practical training.

5. To be an osteopathic physician, you need a university degree, a four-year osteopathic medicine program, and two to five years of post-graduate training.

6. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Chemistry
4. Biology

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals is $21.37/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and below average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals wages

Expected Wage by Age

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Wage By Age

Unemployment:

1% of Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals are unemployed. This rate is below the average for professionnal occupations.

Unemployment

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($21.37) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (1%) is below the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average; however, the funding of the health care system, the expansion of the services coverage by the insurance and the ageing population should create job openings.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Optommetrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals are found in Ontario and Quebec while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (51%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Business and financial management

2. Committee work

Part Time Workers

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


26% of Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 14,100 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 23% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 88% of Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


52% of the individuals employed as Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.