CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Occupational Therapists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and on health-related transition to retirement.
Conduct research in occupational therapy.
Provide patients with assistance in locating and holding jobs.
Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
BillingTracker software Accounting software
Boardmaker Software Graphics or photo imaging software
Casamba Smart Medical software
Computer drawing software Graphics or photo imaging software
Crick Software Clicker 4 Word processing software
Duxbury Braille Translator Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Email software Electronic mail software
FileMaker Pro software Data base user interface and query software
Internet browser software Internet browser software
Language arts educational software Computer based training software
Lexrotech LxPediatric Medical software
Math educational software Computer based training software
Music software Music or sound editing software
OpenOffice WRITER Word processing software
Physical education educational software Computer based training software
Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite Medical software
Science educational software Computer based training software
Screen magnification software Device drivers or system software
Screen reader software Device drivers or system software
Social studies educational software Computer based training software
Special education educational software Computer based training software
Speech recognition software Voice recognition software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Synapse Adaptive Connect Outloud Internet browser software
Tactile graphic production kits software Pattern design software
Text reader software Computer based training software
Text scanning software Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Text to speech software Computer based training software
Word processing software Word processing software
Adaptive cutlery Cutlery or utensils for the physically challenged
Adjustable beds Patient care beds or accessories for general use
Alternative computer keyboards Keyboards
Braille printers Braille devices for the physically challenged
Computer switch interfaces Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
Drill presses Workshop presses
Electric knives Domestic electric knives
Electric wheelchairs Wheelchairs
Electronic blood pressure units Electronic blood pressure units
Exercise balls Therapeutic balls or accessories
Files Files
Gait and transfer belts Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy
Goniometers Goniometers
Hoists Patient ceiling hoists
Joy sticks Game pads or joy sticks
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Lathes Lathes
Lift chairs Patient lifts or accessories
Looms Hand looms
Manual blood pressure cuffs Mercury blood pressure units
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Orthotics Orthotics or foot care products
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Portable scanning pens Scanners
Power drills Power drills
Power sanders Power sanders
Pressure care garments Vascular or compression apparel or supports
Pulleys Pulleys or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Saws Saws
Scooters Patient scooters
Sewing machines Domestic sewing machines
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Splints Orthopedic splint systems
Switch use tools Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
Therabands Resistive exercise bands or putty or tubing or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Tongue switches Headpointers or mouthsticks for the physically challenged
Trackballs Computer mouse or trackballs
Trackpads Touch pads
Video cameras Hand held camcorders or video cameras
Video magnifiers Visual presenters
Voice output communication aids Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
Weights Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
Wheeled walkers Walkers or rollators
Wobble switches Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistive Technology Trainer
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Independent Living Specialist
Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant
Industrial Therapist
Job Trainer
Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L)
Occupational Therapist (OT)
Registered Occupational Therapist
Rehabilitation Engineer
Staff Therapist
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Vocational Trainer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapists
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