Optometrists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, optometrists rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 30% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy optometrists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Occupational therapist assistant
3.0
$51k
Surgical technologist
3.0
$42k
Dental assistant
3.0
$32k
Medical transcriptionist
3.0
$32k
Diagnostic medical sonographer
3.0
$74k
Optometrist
3.0
$115k
Hearing aid specialist
2.9
$53k
Medical appliance technician
2.9
$41k
Occupational therapist
2.9
$84k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are optometrists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do optometrists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as optometrists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are optometrist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are optometrists making the best use of their abilities?

Are optometrists happy with their salary?