Occupational Therapists
SOC: 29-1122.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
114,600 employed

Projected (2024):
145,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assistive Technology Trainer
  • Early Intervention Occupational Therapist
  • Independent Living Specialist
  • Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Industrial Therapist
  • Job Trainer
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Occupational Therapy Co-Director
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Rehabilitation Supervisor
  • Staff Occupational Therapist
  • Staff Therapist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Vocational Trainer

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination, and perceptual skills, using computer programs.
  • 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.
  • Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
  • Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
  • Lay out materials such as puzzles, scissors and eating utensils for use in therapy, and clean and repair these tools after therapy sessions.
  • Advise on health risks in the workplace or on health-related transition to retirement.
  • Conduct research in occupational therapy.
  • Provide patients with assistance in locating or holding jobs.
  • Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adaptive cutlery
  • Adjustable beds
  • Alternative computer keyboards
  • Braille printers
  • Computer switch interfaces
  • Drill presses
  • Electric knives
  • Electric wheelchairs
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Exercise balls
  • Gait and transfer belts
  • Goniometers
  • Hoists
  • Joy sticks
  • Laptop computers
  • Lathes
  • Lift chairs
  • Looms
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Orthotics
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Portable scanning pens
  • Power drills
  • Power sanders
  • Pressure care garments
  • Pulleys
  • Resistive exercise bands
  • Saws
  • Scooters
  • Sewing machines
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Soldering irons
  • Splints
  • Switch use tools
  • Tongue switches
  • Trackballs
  • Trackpads
  • Video cameras
  • Video magnifiers
  • Voice output communication aids
  • Weights
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wheeled walkers
  • Wobble switches
  • BillingTracker software
  • Boardmaker Software
  • Casamba Smart
  • Computer drawing software
  • Crick Software Clicker 4
  • Duxbury Braille Translator
  • Email software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • HMS software
  • Internet browser software
  • Language arts educational software
  • Lexrotech LxPediatric
  • Math educational software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Music software
  • OpenOffice WRITER
  • Physical education educational software
  • Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite
  • Science educational software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
  • Social studies educational software
  • Special education educational software
  • Speech recognition software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Synapse Adaptive Connect Outloud
  • Tactile graphic production kits software
  • Text reader software
  • Text scanning software
  • Text to speech software
  • Word processing software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800