Use your subject


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.

As a start, use the resources below to create your own list of career ideas to research.

Remember that the vast majority of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any subject.

  • Look at what alumni from your department have done using the DLHE data we collect and through the University of Sheffield alumni page on LinkedIn.
  • Search for and contact alumni in your subject through our Graduate case studies database.
  • Browse the career ideas for Orthoptics graduates on Prospects (Optometrist) and Prospects (Orthoptist) and Targetjobs but keep in mind that these are not a comprehensive list of all the careers related to your subject.
  • Brainstorm ideas and do some initial investigation to find out about research, organisations, start-ups, government bodies and freelancers connected to your subject.

Since you have chosen a vocational degree, you are probably intending to follow the obvious route into Orthoptics. However, there are lots of other starting points for choosing a career and using your subject is just one of them. If you wish to consider other factors that are important to you, use our Understand yourself and your options section.

Detailed job 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.