Occupational Therapists

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Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), Occupational Therapist (OT), Pediatric Occupational Therapist (Pediatric OT), Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR)

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Occupational Therapist; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Physical Therapy Technician
Occupational Therapist
What they do:
Assess, plan, and organize 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. Use therapeutic techniques, adapt the individual's environment, teach skills, and modify specific tasks that present barriers to the individual.
On the job, you would:
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate persons with disabilities because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.



  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry

Math and Science

  • psychology
  • biology


  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions


  • looking for ways to help people
  • teaching people how to do something

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing

Ideas and Logic

  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen


  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • eClinicalWorks EHR software Hot Technology

Computer based training software

  • Text reader software
  • Text to speech software

Word processing software

  • Crick Software Clicker 4
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology


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

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