These days we frequently hear that we should "make a
difference”. It has become a familiar,
well used concept. I hear the
phrase at work, I hear it regarding
volunteering for my community, I hear it from various organizations about fund raising, and I heard it often from a
dear, departed friend – it was a principle he truly lived by.
Every once in a while, something comes along that can make a
difference in our ophthalmic imaging profession: something where each
individual can make a unique contribution. And that something is the OPS salary survey!
Contrary to some comments circulating around in the ether,
ophthalmic imaging is growing, thriving, and most importantly, evolving. Ophthalmic imagers are a diverse group,
coming from different backgrounds, different training, and more and more,
different job descriptions. The demands
of an academic institution may be quite dissimilar to what is required in a
private practice, and the management of each clinic is bound to be unique,
based on the style of the physicians in the practice.
So, how to gauge compensation in such diverse
situations? How to get a sense of where
you stand in relation to colleagues throughout the profession? How do your demographics match up to other imagers?
The new OPS salary survey, which was designed to be specific
for those who do ophthalmic imaging, is a way to collect information about all
of us in a usable form that can be referred to when negotiating for new
employment, wage increases, or job re-classifications. It includes not just salary information, but
geographic locations, and workplace scenarios, just as the Bureau of Labor
Statistics includes in its surveys. All
of this information has an impact when comparing Job A with Job B. The more participants we have in the survey,
the bigger the data pool, the more comprehensive the information, and the
greater the benefit to all of us.
This is where the individual making the difference comes in!
It is easy to find the salary survey – the link and a short
explanation are featured on the home page of the OPS website, www.opsweb.org. Since we want the survey to be answered by
and available to everyone who does ophthalmic imaging, not just OPS members,
you don’t need to log onto the website to participate in the survey.
As it says on the website, it takes about 10 minutes to
complete the survey. Happily, our wonderful website allows us to do surveys, but
it is not a perfect system – if you have to leave to do patient care, the webpage
may "timeout”, the survey will be incomplete and you will have to start over. So if you can, select a time when you have a
few uninterrupted minutes to devote to completing this important task. The results will be available to everyone in
the coming months.
So far, there has been great response to the survey, but
it’s not complete if your
information is not included in the results!
Please spread the word to your non-OPS imaging friends!
I really love this quote by President Kennedy – especially
the "every person should try” part!
Please take that to heart and join us to make this salary survey the most
complete, and therefore, the most meaningful survey yet.
And while you are on the website, be sure to look around and
see all the exciting things that are happening in the OPS. Education, photo competitions, forums, blogs,
Facebook connections – something for everyone!