Learn about the types of people who become ophthalmologists. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.


Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of ophthalmologists are White, making up 55% of the population. The next highest segments are South Asian and Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 9% and 9% respectively.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an ophthalmologist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming ophthalmologists at a ratio of 1.09 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2019

36% of ophthalmologists are female and 64% are male.


Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an ophthalmologist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an ophthalmologist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more women interested in becoming an ophthalmologist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.