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Occupational Therapist

Overview: Occupational therapists treat physically, developmentally or emotionally disabled people in hospitals, institutions and in community settings. Therapeutic activities include the teaching of manual skills, crafts and homemaking techniques to help patients become independent.
Duties: They assess the physical, mental or emotional deficiencies of patients. Prescribe exercises and training activities to help restore lost skills and develop new ones.

Interview patients to understand their past and present occupational and career history. Counsel the patient about the potential impact of their handicaps on their work performance.

They advise employers how these patients can fulfill prior job duties in an organization by re-designing job methods, work stations and job tools and equipment.

Train patients in skills that will help them cope with permanent disabilities. They design aids for their place of employment and home enabling them to remain independent.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of occupational therapists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 driven by the needs of an increasing elderly population. Demand should continue as a result of the increasing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function who require therapy services. Growth may be dampened by the impact of legislation imposing limits on reimbursement forservices. Hospitals will continue to employ a large number of occupational therapists.
Salary Range (National Average): $39,000 to $45,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: A master's degree in occupational therapy is the minimum requirement for entry in this field. Most states require a license that is obtained by having an occupational therapy degree and passing an examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.