Career Paths and Prospects
Vision Science is foundational for the profession of optometry and also permeates many other fields. The objective of the MS degree program is to provide advanced education in vision science in order to prepare students for careers in vision care, academic teaching/research, and industries that rely on academic strength and focus on research and application of vision science. The program equips students to be professional vision scientists by enhancing their knowledge and skills in designing, performing, and evaluating vision research and analyzing research data.
Following completion of the program, graduates will find themselves well-prepared to take on career paths such as:
- Teaching and/or research in an academic setting, particularly to those with or continue to pursue higher degrees in the field of vision science;
- Clinical positions with sharpened skills in research or case study;
- Working in industry to develop or evaluate new products, clinic correction or measuring tools, or ergonomic devices (e.g., contact lens, optical lens, clinical measuring equipments, etc.);
- Working with the electronic or entertainment industries to develop visual display devices, design visual stimuli and graphics, create video games or visual learning materials, and create effective and comfort viewing environment, etc.
- Working in government sectors, particularly in development of public health and occupational policies or regulations regarding vision in the workplace and quality of life.