As the end of the school year draws near, soon to be doctors of optometry everywhere are preparing for the next step in their professional development.  Consider these three tips when thinking about life after optometry school.

  • Be prepared for the job search - Like any other graduating student, optometry students must also be prepared for the job search upon the conclusion of their studies.  Leading up to graduation, you should polish your resume and cover letters, while paying special attention to working on those vital interview skills.  For resume writing advice, career advancement webinars, and access to job opportunities in your area, visit OptometryCareerCenter.com

  • Know your options - In your quest for the perfect optometry job, researching your career options is a key to success.  Some practical ways you can begin to discover your options in optometry is by getting connected with other optometrists in the field, either online or in person, finding and creating a relationship with a mentor, or checking out the resource center at your optometry school for career information.

  • Consider an optometric residency - An optometric residency is a valid option for any student who is right out of optometry school.  Pursuing a year of residency is beneficial because it will give you invaluable exposure to a specialty while strengthening your clinical skills.

Seeking Full-Time Optometrist - State pf the Art Equipment, Exceptional Staff, Class of 2020 Welcome

We currently have 3 full-time OD's, 1 part-time OD (2 women and 2 men) and 15 awesome staff. We would welcome an experienced doc or a new graduate and offer mentoring while getting their patient load up and running.

Starting salary of $96,000 per year with a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement account, professional dues, continuing education and more.

Our practice includes 2 start rooms, 8 exam lanes, 2 special testing rooms, and a beautiful optical.  We provide HARK, Matrix, NCT, Clarus, OCT, Corneal Topography, Humphries Automated Visual Fields, and 2 of our lanes have Topcon digital phoropters. 

Our comprehensive services are available to a wide range of patients from pediatric to adult and elderly patients.  We would welcome your skills in areas that we are not covering to build your practice.   

Our practice is in a free-standing professional building within a Power Center shopping area and is growing like crazy, because of the location and patient referrals. 

Great Falls, MT straddles the Missouri River near the Rocky Mountain Front and halfway in between Glacier and Yellowstone National Park.  If you enjoy the outdoors, there are endless recreational opportunities including 57 parks in town and our renowned Rivers Edge Trail system.  We enjoy hiking, biking, hunting, world-class fishing, water sports like skiing, and kayaking, downhill and cross country skiing. We have multiple museums, our school system is excellent, and we have great healthcare.

We are looking for an associate OD to work 3-4 days per week (about 35 hours per week) to fit in with our close-knit group.  We value honesty, integrity, hard work, kindness, common sense, financial awareness, and good communication skills.  You’ll use your clinical and interpersonal skills to provide high-quality care to our patients.  Our ideal candidate is someone who is collaborative, treats patients as if they are family and is innovative when it comes to their patient care. Contact us if you are interested in this very special opportunity. Check us out at centralmontanaeyecare.com, greatfallsmt.net

Email drmindy@centralmontanaeyecare.com with any questions you may have.

Submitted 03/10/2020

Opportunity in Helena, MT

Looking for a full-time (4-5 days per week), upbeat, detail-oriented optometrist to join the practice within a Costco in Helena, Montana. Practice hours are currently 10 am-6 pm Monday-Thursday, 10 am-5 pm Friday, and 10 am-4 pm Saturday. Can be flexible with work schedule as long as some Saturday coverage is provided. Comprehensive exams scheduled every 30 minutes with technician support.  Practice is equipped with two exam lanes with automated phoropters, autorefractor/NCT, FDT visual field, and Optos Daytona. Compensation package includes a competitive wage as well as paid AOA/MOA dues, optometry license, malpractice insurance, and a CE stipend.  Part-time will be considered.

Helena is Montana’s state capital. With a population of 30,000 people, Helena offers small-town charm in a beautiful setting with over 75 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails extending directly from the downtown area.  Helena is in a valley surrounded by mountains with access to Lake Helena, Hauser Lake, Canyon Ferry Reservoir, and Holter Lake within 20 minutes as well as numerous rivers for fishing and floating. Skiing and snowboarding at Great Divide Ski Area are just 30 minutes away.  Helena is a great place to raise a family or enjoy the outdoors!

Please email dannigriffithod@gmail.com for more information.

Submitted 03/10/2020



Are you a soon-to-be new graduate looking for the perfect opportunity?  Or an established practitioner looking to hire a new associate?  If your plans include finding a job, recruiting a candidate or connecting with a partner that's right for you, Optometry's Career Center (OCC) within AOAExcel is the perfect place to start.  The national online database and career-matching service helps you find jobs, partners or candidates in the optometric field across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Visit Optometry's Career Center to get started.

Opportunity in Sydney, MT

Associate OD opportunity in a successful community with fantastic down to earth patients. Competitive salary with benefits. No weekends or evening hours. Opportunity to implement any specialty if desired. Ability to practice full-scope eye care in a private practice setting in a fully renovated facility. Opportunity for ownership can be part of the discussion. Looking for full time but open to part-time. Sidney Eye Care Center in Sidney, Montana offers all of the above. Please contact Kristin O'Brien at 701-590-3566 or email CV to krishleb@pacificu.edu.

Submitted 02/25/2020


36 S. Last Chance Gulch, Suite A

Helena, MT  59601

Phone:  (406) 443-1160

Fax:  (406) 443-4614