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Occupational Therapists
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 160

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $34.34 - $47.07

Typical Annual Salary: $71,400 - $97,900

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
  • Drilling machines
  • Soldering iron
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe
  • Wheelchairs

Technology:
  • Computer based training software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Medical software
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
  • Word processing software

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