Outcomes & Careers
Successful Outcomes Rate
Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Biology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an optometrist is $125,440.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an optician is $41,380.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an ophthalmologist physician is $218,850. Please note ophthalmologists attend medical school rather than professional school, which is the path for optometrists.
What You’ll Study
Because there is no pre-optometry degree, you’ll select another area to complete your undergraduate degree. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.
You’ll gain hands-on real-world experience through research opportunities and internships.
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Getting the Job
Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.
Happening in Biology
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