Skip navigation

Occupational Therapists

Also called: Occupational Therapist (OT), Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Registered Occupational Therapist, Staff Therapist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, or Navy.

What they do:
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.
On the job, you would:
  • Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Language arts educational software
  • Text to speech software
Medical software
  • Lexrotech LxPediatric
  • Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite
Word processing software
  • Crick Software Clicker 4
  • OpenOffice WRITER

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$76,940
per year, on average
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about occupational therapists.