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Women With These Jobs Are Least Likely to Have Kids

Posted by Amanda Dexter on February 15, 2018 at 11:46 AM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.


I recently read an article about careers in which women are least likely to have children. When I clicked on the link I did not expect to see that our profession, optometry, was at the very top of the list! Taking the number 1 spot, this article noted that 47% of women ODs do not have kids!

When I decided to take the optometry career path, one of the main things that attracted me to this specific medical profession was that it seemed to allow for a flexible schedule that would be conducive to raising a family. For most optometrists, the hours are pretty similar to most other professionals, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm (of course with some variation). We don't typically have emergency on-call situations, late shifts, or crazy schedules, so this data surprised me.

Not to mention, myself and many of my optometrist friends have all begun to start families over the last couple of years. And we've been able to manage our work and family schedules quite well.

What do you think about this information? Does this surprise you as much as it did me?

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