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Almost without exception, graduates from this department progress to professional employment as Orthoptists within the National Health Service. Very small numbers in recent years have started in other roles related to eye care prior to securing a position as an orthoptist, or have progressed to further academic study, undertaking a higher degree by research.

Careers with Orthoptics

Using the resources below you can start to create your own list of career ideas to research

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Orthoptics graduates on Orthoptists - Prospects, Optometrist - Prospects and Othoptics, area of practice - TargetJobs but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject. Our Information resources - Occupations section is a good place to start.

Since you have chosen a vocational degree, you are probably intending to follow the obvious route into Orthoptics. However, there are lots of other starting points for choosing a career and using your subject is just one of them. If you wish to consider other factors that are important to you, use our Understand yourself and your options section.

Remember too that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject and so your alternative options are broad.

Detailed job profiles for a wide range of occupations are available from Prospects and include job descriptions, case studies, salary and conditions, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Subject specific resources

BIOS - British and Irish Orthoptic Society - Includes information on career paths, linkes to jobs boards, news and events