I'm considering Optometry as my back-up to Med/Dent (considering I probably won't have the funds to get to Aussie Med/Dent, nor the grades to make it in Auckland/Otago Med/Dent). To me, eyesight is a gift, which fuels my desire to work as an Optometrist, but one thing that holds me back from choosing Optom as opposed to other allied health programs is that there seems to be a limit for specialisation/development. I'm not really sure what I'm asking but are there Optometry specialities? What can I do beyond the standard "being-an-Optometrist", or even owning a store? I'm also considering Nursing (for which I can specialise/ is a fulfilling career), Podiatry (for which I will be of need in rural areas), Audiology (similar reason to Optom; hearing is amazing), and Radiation Therapy (which seems like a fulfilling career too, making a difference to those e.g. with cancer) I'm not after money or prestige, just a career in healthcare in which I can make a difference. Thoughts? lol (sorry for length; having a life crisis at 20).