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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Optometrist Series, 0662

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:

Degree: Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) accredited by the Council on Optometric Education.

Licensure: Current license to practice optometry in a State, the District of Columbia, or a territory is required, except for those research positions that do not entail patient care responsibilities.

Applicants who meet the basic requirements qualify for GS-9.

Additional Requirements for Grades GS-11 and Above:

For GS-11:

One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-9 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. For example, for industrial optometrists, the applicant's experience must have demonstrated skill in developing or applying methods, procedures, or devices for protection of employees engaged in eye-hazardous work.

OR

For research positions, completion of all the requirements for a master's or equivalent degree in a related scientific field such as physics, biology, physiological optics, etc.

For GS-12:

One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least GS-11 that demonstrated the ability to perform the work of the position to be filled. For example, for industrial optometrists, the applicant's experience must have demonstrated skill in administering an industrial optometry program in an industrial activity requiring the development of new methods, procedures, or devices for protection employees engaged in eye-hazardous work.

OR

For research positions, completion of all the requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a related field such as those described above for GS-11.

For GS-13 and above:

One year of professional optometrist experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

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