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Ophthalmology: Career and Education Opportunities in Alabama

Ophthalmology: Like Audiologists, Ophthalmologists and Optometrists are focused on preventing and repairing problems of our perceptual systems. Centered on problems and issues related to our eyes and sight, they provide assistance to patients with vision problems due to age, injury and disease.

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Alabama has a population of 4,708,708, which has grown by 5.88% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," its capital is Montgomery, though its most populous city is Birmingham. In 2008, there were a total of 2,640,717 jobs in Alabama. The average annual income was $33,655 in 2008, up from $32,803 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Alabama was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.9% since the previous year. Approximately 19.0% of Alabama residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Alabama include manufacturing magnetic media, asphalt shingle materials manufacturing, and perishable prepared food manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Alan's Discount Music, the The Hip Hop Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.


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CAREERS WITHIN Ophthalmology

Licensed Dispensing Optician

Licensed Dispensing Opticians design, measure, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Licensed Dispensing Opticians need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.

Optometrists diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Optometrists need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to think through complex problems and develop a critical analysis of the situation and possible solutions.