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What Can I Do With This Pre-Optometry Degree?

Optometry School

Seeing is believing, and that’s the point of our pre-optometry program. With majors in biology and chemistry, this program is designed to help students fulfill entrance requirements for optometry school. With a projected growth rate of 10 percent by 2028, qualified optometrists1 are in demand. Plus, they earn a healthy median wage of $115,250 annually.

Natural Sciences Manager2

Apart from continuing studies into dentistry, a biology degree from University of the Cumberlands also offers a solid degree path, in and of itself, to a career. With it, you’ll have the scientific foundation you need to work in, and even manage, laboratories and scientific studies. The median wage for Natural Sciences Managers is $129,100 per year with an expected growth rate of 6 percent up to 2028.


Chemistry majors also have solid, pre-optometry career potential – including as a chemist. With a projected to growth of 4 percent over the next decade, chemists and material scientists earn a median wage of $78,790 annually.


  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Optometrist
  • Practice Owner
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Laboratory Director
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Chemist

"10 Percent" Projected Growth Rate for Optometrists by 20281

2Natural Sciences Managers
3Chemists and Material Scientists