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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,004
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,135
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 13.1
Annual Openings: 32
Entry Wage: $22.28
Median Wage: $31.36
Education Requirement: Master's degree
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- 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.
- 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.
- Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
- Complete and maintain necessary records.
- Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
- 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.
- Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
- Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
- Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
- Conduct research in occupational therapy.
- Provide training and supervision in therapy techniques and objectives for students or nurses and other medical staff.
- Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination, and perceptual skills, using computer programs.
- Advise on health risks in the workplace or on health-related transition to retirement.
- Lay out materials such as puzzles, scissors and eating utensils for use in therapy, and clean and repair these tools after therapy sessions.
- Provide patients with assistance in locating or holding jobs.
- Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
- Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
- Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
- Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
- Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
- 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).
- Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
- Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
- Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
- Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
- Train clients to use adaptive equipment such as large print, reading stands, lamps, writing implements, software, and electronic devices.
- Design instructional programs to improve communication using devices such as slates and styluses, braillers, keyboards, adaptive handwriting devices, talking book machines, digital books, and optical character readers (OCRs).
- Refer clients to services, such as eye care, health care, rehabilitation, and counseling, to enhance visual and life functioning or when condition exceeds scope of practice.
- Identify visual impairments related to basic life skills in areas such as self-care, literacy, communication, health management, home management, and meal preparation.
- Participate in professional development activities such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.
- Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.
- Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.
- Teach independent living skills or techniques such as adaptive eating, medication management, diabetes management, and personal management.
- Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.
- Train clients to read or write Braille.
Indivduals currently working as Occupational Therapists can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Physical Therapists*
- Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
- Recreational Therapists
- Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
- Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
- Healthcare Social Workers*
- Athletic Trainers
- Recreation Workers
- Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors*
- Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education*
- Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
- Special Education Teachers, Middle School*
- Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education*
- Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education*
- Recreational Therapists
- Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education*
- Occupational Therapists*
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013