Learn about the types of people who become optometrists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an optometrist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More men than women are interested in becoming optometrists at a ratio of 1.15 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
73% of optometrists are female and 27% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an optometrist 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 optometrist and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming an optometrist 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.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of optometrists are White, making up 37% of the population. The next highest segments are South Asian and East Asian, making up 18% and 18% respectively.