Ophthalmologists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Ophthalmologists examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, or abnormalities of the eye. They assess visual and refractive status, measure intraocular pressure, and examine the physical structure of the eye. They prescribe and administer treatments including the use of corrective appliances, and various ocular and systemic medications. They also perform surgery to treat disease and correct visual deficiencies, including laser surgery.

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Work Environment

Ophthalmologists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Offices of Physicians
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Ophthalmologists in the Military

149

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Salary

Average Salary

$128,244

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 75%
  • Doctoral degree 20%
  • High school 3%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for ophthalmologists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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