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Low Vision Therapists, Orientation & Mobility Specialists, & Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

Also called: Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Orientation and Mobility Specialist (O and M Specialist), Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT), Visually Impaired Teacher (TVI)

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What they do:
Provide therapy to patients with visual impairments to improve their functioning in daily life activities. May train patients in activities such as computer use, communication skills, or home management skills.
On the job, you would:
  • Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
  • Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
  • Train clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems, such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • teaching people how to do something

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

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
  • Independence
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Hot Technology
  • SAP software
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Device drivers or system software
  • Ai Squared ZoomText
  • ZoomWare Screen Magnifier

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$86,280
$57,330
$122,670
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