Optometric staff include allied health professionals who assist optometrists in providing vision care to patients. Non-optometrist staff extend the optometrist's capabilities by assuming routine and technical aspects associated with operating the optometry practice and providing vision care services. Depending upon experience, optometric staff may perform a variety of duties such as front desk procedures, billing and coding of insurance claims and patient scheduling. Under the supervision of the employing optometrist, optometric staff may also perform more clinical duties such as pre-testing, taking detailed patient histories, measuring visual acuity, contact lens procedures and instructions, and dispensing of eyewear.
This report provides descriptive statistics on the employment of optometric staff in optometry practices within the United States for the year 2011. Contents of the 2012 Employment of Optometric Staff reports include:
This report provides information on the non-optometrist positions in optometry practices only. Information on professionally active optometrists may be found in the Income from Optometry report or the Practicing Optometrists and their Patients report from the 2012 Survey of Optometric Practice.
Reports available from the 2012 Employment of Optometric Staff include:
Executive Summary - This free publication is available for immediate download in PDF format and provides an overall summary of key results from the 2012 survey.
Optometry Report - This 25-page publication presents results from the 2012 survey in narrative format with the support of 32 figures to present important findings. Optometric staff employment and salary information is presented by position type and work schedule. This report can be purchased through the AOA Online Store, and is available in PDF format (item RA2-O2D), on CD (item RA2-O2C), or Print (item RA2-O2P).
Detailed Analysis Report - This 64-page detailed comprehensive report employs limited narrative, and includes tabulations and graphics for further statistical analysis. Through the use of 148 figures and tables, this report utilizes cross tabulation to enable the user to monitor trends in the optometric profession specific to his or her practice characteristics, including practice type and U.S. Census Region. This report can be purchased through the AOA Online Store, and is available in PDF format (item RA2-D2D), on CD (item RA2-D2C), or Print (item RA2-D2P).
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Year 2010 and 2011 reports may also be purchased through the AOA Online Store