ENTERING THE PROFESSION

Get a head start on your career with professional resources provided by the American Optometric Association to students and new doctors of optometry, including:

  • AOAExcel® —where an doctor of optometry's opportunities begin.
  • AOA+—granting students and young doctors of optometry a chance to network.
  • AOA Focus magazine—keeping readers current on the optometry industry.

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With numerous resources, the AOA supports students and young doctors of optometry entering the profession

During this transformative time, AOA members are equipped with professional guidance for an aspiring optometrist, including valuable resources such as  AOAExcel® and its Optometry’s Career Center, helpful information on joining a residency program and the publication AOA Focus magazine.

Career Options

CAREER OPTIONS

Doctors of optometry have countless career options, including group and independent practice as well as corporate and retail.

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Academic Timeline

JOINING A PRACTICE

Learn how to best begin your career by becoming an associate or partner in an established practice.

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Managing Your Classes

DAY-TO-DAY PRACTICE OPERATIONS

From fees to scheduling, office hours to recordkeeping, here's everything you need to know about daily operations.

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