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Occupational Therapists

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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 those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
    • Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
    • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
    • Train caregivers in providing for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
    • Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
    • Lay out materials such as puzzles, scissors and eating utensils for use in therapy, and clean and repair these tools after therapy sessions.
    • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
    • Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
    • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
    • Develop and participate in health promotion programs, group activities, or discussions to promote client health, facilitate social adjustment, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental disability.
    • Provide training and supervision in therapy techniques and objectives for students or nurses and other medical staff.
    • Conduct research in occupational therapy.
    • Advise on health risks in the workplace or on health-related transition to retirement.
    • Provide patients with assistance in locating or holding jobs.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 86120/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 41.4/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,840
    • Yearly Projected Openings 350

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: 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

    Tools

    • Wheelchairs
    • Cutlery or utensils for the physically challenged
    • Computer mouse or trackballs
    • Braille devices for the physically challenged
    • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Medical software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Device drivers or system software
    • Computer based training software

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