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.

Opportunity in Missoula, MT

Shane Johnston, OD & Associates is seeking an energetic, motivated Associate Optometrist to join our team inside of the Missoula Costco. The position is full-time (5 days per week including Saturday's), and the pay is a generous percentage of production base with bonus structure. Must be proficient in fitting soft contact lenses, especially multifocals. This location includes two exam lanes, both equipped with Marco Digital Refracting Systems. The office also has an Optos Daytona.

Please email shane.johnston.mt@gmail.com for more information.

Submitted 10/18/2019

Opportunity in Helena, MT

Looking for an upbeat, detail-oriented optometrist to join the practice within a Costco in Helena, Montana. Position is part-time and long-term with a flexible number of days per week (1-4) and days, preferably some Saturday coverage. Comprehensive exams scheduled every 30 minutes.  Practice is equipped with two exam lanes with automated phoropters, autorefractor/NCT, FDT visual field, and Optos Daytona. Very competitive wage! Please email dannigriffithod@gmail.com for more information.


Submitted 01/08/2020

Full-Time Optometry Position in Billings

The Eye Clinic Surgicenter is a multi-specialty Ophthalmology practice seeking to add an additional optometrist.  The practice has a history in the community dating back to the 1930s.  We are located in Billings, MT at the foot of the Rocky Mountain Absaroka Beartooth range. Billings is the medical hub in this region and physicians from all specialties choose this thriving community.  The Eye Clinic Surgicenter opened the first ophthalmology specialty ASC in Montana in  1979 and now features an up to date clinical as well as surgical environment. 

We have three M.D.s on staff and one optometrist.  Dr. LaGreca, our most senior M.D. - Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, Dr. Rondon - experienced Glaucoma Specialist, Dr. Smith - Corneal and Refractive Specialist, and Dr. Erpenbach - Optometrist, a 30+ year employee dedicated to our medical optometry needs.  We also welcome two highly recommended Vitreoretinal Specialists, Drs. Goff and Miller three times a month who utilize our facility for out retinal patients.

We are looking for a full-time optometrist to join our busy practice in Billings, Montana.  Our patients require someone who has knowledge in Ocular Disease, Scleral Lenses, Hard, Soft, and RGP contacts, is a refraction whiz, and ready to dive in.  The chosen doctor will work M-F.  Salary is negotiable based on experience.  Must be able to work in the United States, have an MT optometric license (or willing to obtain prior to starting), Current DEA license, able to be covered on Malpractice Insurance, and possess a passion to help people.  EOE.  Background check and drug screening will be done prior to hiring.

If you would like more information about our practice please visit our website:

https://theeyeclinicsurgicenter.com/.  Apply by sending cover letter and CV to cheri@theeyeclinicsurgicenter.com. 


Submitted 08/06/2019

Associate Opportunity in Mission Valley

Mission Valley Eye Center is searching for just the right person to join their team.  Current opening is for a full-time or part-time optometrist to join the private practice with a starting base wage commensurate to days worked, negotiable.  Seeking a hard-working individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and long-term vision of partnership and cooperation.  Candidate must promote harmony with co-workers and exemplify good customer service.  Eye center in Ronan, MT, practices full scope optometry with the best of both worlds: rural access in your backyard and urban centers within an hour drive, both north and south.  Located in the heart of western Montana, a great place to raise a family! 


If interested please submit resume or curriculum vitae to riverbound.marcus@gmail.com.     

Submitted 05/29/2019



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.


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