Optometry is an excellent field to work in, and you've chosen a great time to get started!
Optometrist made the 2009 cnnmoney.com Best Jobs in America list, with an anticipated growth rate of 11% over the next ten years. Salary might be part of the reason—the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics stats on optometry from 2009 lists the mean annual wage for optometrists at $106,960, with the top 25% earning over $126,110.
Why is the future looking so bright for eye care? Careeroverview.com credits the baby boomers—the aging of this generation is having a significant impact on several facets of life in this country, including the insurance, financial services, healthcare, and even cosmetics industries. And as these folks continue to get older, they'll need glasses, contacts, and follow-up care after eye surgeries—as well as many other services provided by optometrists.