CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies


The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Summary Job Description Tasks
Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions. Examine eyes, using observation, instruments and pharmaceutical agents, to determine visual acuity and perception, focus and coordination and to diagnose diseases and other abnormalities such as glaucoma or color blindness.
Analyze test results and develop a treatment plan.
Prescribe, supply, fit and adjust eyeglasses, contact lenses and other vision aids.
Prescribe medications to treat eye diseases if state laws permit.
Educate and counsel patients on contact lens care, visual hygiene, lighting arrangements and safety factors.
Consult with and refer patients to ophthalmologist or other health care practitioner if additional medical treatment is determined necessary.
Remove foreign bodies from the eye.
Provide patients undergoing eye surgeries, such as cataract and laser vision correction, with pre- and post-operative care.
Prescribe therapeutic procedures to correct or conserve vision.
Provide vision therapy and low vision rehabilitation.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Accra Med Software Filopto Medical software
AltaPoint Data Systems AltaPoint Vision Medical software
Babcock Winx Pro Medical software
Compulink Business Systems Eyecare Advantage Medical software
Digital Healthcare OptoMize Medical software
First Insight E-Z Frame Medical software
First Insight MaximEyes Medical software
HealthLine Systems Eyecom Medical software
Insight Software My Vision Express Medical software
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
MAX Systems Max-Gold7 Medical software
MediNotes Charting Plus Medical software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft SQL Server Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
OfficeMate Software Solutions ExamWRITER Medical software
OfficeMate Software Solutions OfficeMate Medical software
Prima Systems OPTIX Medical software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
Universal Software Solutions VersaVision Medical software
VisionScience Software Acuity Pro Medical software
4-well lens holders Ophthalmic lens holders
8-well lens flippers Ophthalmic lens holders
Adult fixation targets Ophthalmic instrument tables or accessories
Amsler grids Eye charts or vision cards
Autorefractors Combination refractor keratometers
Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
Biomicroscopes Ophthalmic slit lamps
Broken wheel visual acuity cards Eye charts or vision cards
Child fixation targets Ophthalmic instrument tables or accessories
Clear 20 diopter condensing lenses Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
Clear 78 diopter condensing lenses Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
Color vision testing devices Color perception testing lanterns
Combination refractor keratometers Combination refractor keratometers
Combined cover paddle occluders Eye occluders
Contact lens loupes Loupes
Corneal pachymeters Thickness measuring devices
Corneal topographers Corneal topographers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Fixation cards Eye charts or vision cards
Fundus cameras Photo attachments for microscopes
Golf club spuds Ophthalmic surgical knives or blades or scissors or accessories
Gonioscopy lenses Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
HRR Hardy-Rand-Rittler plates Eye charts or vision cards
Halberg clips Ophthalmic lens holders
Half nylon gripping pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Horizontal prism bars Ophthalmic prisms
Hruby lenses Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
Ishihara plates Eye charts or vision cards
Lachrymal cannulae Ophthalmic irrigation or aspiration supplies or accessories
Lachrymal dilators Lachrymal dilators or sets
Lea symbols near vision cards Eye charts or vision cards
Lens calipers Opticians tools or accessories
Lens clocks Lens measuring equipment
Lensometers Ophthalmic lensometers
Loose prisms Ophthalmic prisms
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Multiple pin hole occluders Eye occluders
Multiple pinhole mask occluders Eye occluders
Non-contact handheld fundus lenses Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Ophthalmoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
Optical screwdrivers Opticians tools or accessories
Pediatric near point cards Eye charts or vision cards
Personal computers Personal computers
Phoroptors Phoropter units
Pupil diameter PD rules Eye charts or vision cards
Randot stereo tests Depth perception apparatus
Retinal cameras Ophthalmic visual function analyzers
Retinoscopes Ophthalmic retinoscopes
Retinoscopy racks Ophthalmic retinoscope accessories
Scleral depressors Ophthalmic medical instrument sets
Single Lea symbol books Eye charts or vision cards
Skiascopic lens rack Ophthalmic retinoscope accessories
Snellen eye charts Eye charts or vision cards
Snipe nose pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Sphygmomanometers Blood pressure cuff kits
Tonometers Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories
Transilluminators Ophthalmic transilluminators
Trial lens sets Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
Wide jaw angling pliers Opticians tools or accessories
Worth 4-dot tests Binocular vision test sets or accessories
Yellow condensing lenses Ophthalmic eye test lenses or accessories
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
Related Work Experience None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Optometry Doctor (OD)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Optometry
Benchmark Title: Optometrists
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