CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Occupational Therapist Aides

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room. Encourage patients and attend to their physical needs to facilitate the attainment of therapeutic goals.
 
Report to supervisors or therapists, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, attendance, and accomplishments.
 
Observe patients' attendance, progress, attitudes, and accomplishments and record and maintain information in client records.
 
Manage intradepartmental infection control and equipment security.
 
Evaluate the living skills and capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients.
 
Prepare and maintain work area, materials, and equipment and maintain inventory of treatment and educational supplies.
 
Instruct patients and families in work, social, and living skills, the care and use of adaptive equipment, and other skills to facilitate home and work adjustment to disability.
 
Supervise patients in choosing and completing work assignments or arts and crafts projects.
 
Assist occupational therapists in planning, implementing, and administering therapy programs to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance, using selected activities and special equipment.
 
Perform clerical, administrative, and secretarial duties, such as answering phones, restocking and ordering supplies, filling out paperwork, and scheduling appointments.
 
Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual and creative arts and games.
 
Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area.
 
Adjust and repair assistive devices and make adaptive changes to other equipment and to environments.
 
Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress.
 
Accompany patients on outings, providing transportation when necessary.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
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.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
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.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Billing software Accounting software
 
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
 
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
Adaptive cutlery Cutlery or utensils for the physically challenged
 
Augmentative communication systems Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
 
Beading needles Bead accessories
 
Braille writers Braille devices for the physically challenged
 
Canes Canes or cane accessories
 
Communication boards Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged
 
Crochet hooks Crochet hooks
 
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dressing sticks Dressing sticks for the physically challenged
 
Hand sanders Power sanders
 
Hand weights Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Knitting needles Hand sewing needles
 
Lacing needles Lacing or stringing accessories
 
Latch hooks Weaving accessories
 
Leather scissors Leather accessories
 
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
 
Multi-purpose saw sets Saws
 
Orthopedic splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Photocopiers Photocopiers
 
Punching awls Awls
 
Rasps Rasps
 
Rawhide mallets Leather accessories
 
Reachers Reachers for the physically challenged
 
Rehabilitation training ramps Training ramps for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Rivet setters Rivet tools
 
Rotary punches Leather accessories
 
Scooter boards Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Sewing machines Domestic sewing machines
 
Sewing needles Sewing needles
 
Therapeutic balls Therapeutic balls or accessories
 
Transfer belts Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
Wheeled walkers Walkers or rollators
 
Wood chisels Wood chisels
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Certified Occupational Rehabilitation Aide (CORA)
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Independent Living Specialist
Occupational Rehabilitation Aide
Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapist Aide (OT Aide)
Occupational Therapy Aide (OT Aide)
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Occupational Therapy Technician (OT Tech)
Rehabilitation Aide (Rehab Aide)
Rehabilitation Assistant
Rehabilitation Services Aide
Rehabilitation Technician (Rehab Tech)
Restorative Therapist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Therapists
Benchmark Title: Occupational Therapist Aides
 
 
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