Potential careers

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.

Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Orthoptics - what University of Sheffield graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

Since you have chosen a vocational degree, you are probably intending to follow the obvious route into orthoptics. However, remember that if you are planning an alternative career, a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

Detailed 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.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources