Occupational Therapists:

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.

Also includes

Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists



About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $76,360.00
Average Time to Fill 67 days
Typical Education Advanced degree (includes Master's, Professional, and Doctoral degrees)
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 2,515
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 20.46 %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Oral Communication
Integrity
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Professionalism
Problem-solving
Leadership
Customer Service
Decision-making
Work Ethic
Written Communication
Intellectual Risk-taking
Creativity
Organization
Adaptability
Conflict Management
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Teamwork

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Administer rehabilitation interventions
Provide physical therapy to patients or clients
Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources
Massage patient or client
Provide occupational therapy to patients or clients
Provide assistance in administering rehabilitation
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Practice preventive procedures with medical therapy patients or clients
Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies
Develop patient therapy programs
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Solve clinical problems
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses

Training and Teaching Others

Educate patients in use of assistive, supportive, or health-related devices
Educate patients regarding diagnosis or treatment
Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses
Instruct patients in methods to improve functional activities
Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel
Prepare healthcare training materials
Prepare reports or presentations associated with non-medical therapy treatment
Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities
Prepare medical reports
Train medical providers
Instruct patients or caregivers in basic and adaptive living skills


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Therapy
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Patient Evaluation
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Discharge Planning
Long-Term Care
Orthotics
Acute Care


Related Licensing Requirements


Occupational Therapist (18-0000000057)

IC 25-23.5-5-1 Application; contents Sec. 1. A person who applies for a license as an occupational therapist or a certificate as an occupational therapy assistant must present satisfactory evidence to the committee that the person: (1) does not have a conviction for a crime that has a direct bearing on the person's ability to practice competently; (2) has not been the subject of a disciplinary action by a licensing or certification agency of another state or jurisdiction on the grounds that the person was not able to practice as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant without endangering the public; (3) has graduated from a school or program of occupational therapy or a program for occupational therapy assistants approved by the board; and (4) has passed an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant licensing or certifying examination approved by the board under section 4.5 of this chapter. IC 25-23.5-5-6 Issuing license or certificate Sec. 6. The committee shall issue a license or certificate to a person who meets the requirements for a license or certificate under this article.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Occupational Therapy Committee (3172342051)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/ot.htm

Occupational Therapist Assistant (18-0000000046)

To obtain certification, an applicant must: Be a graduate of an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant program approved by the Committee. Have not been convicted of a crime nor have been subject to disciplinary sanctions that would interfere with the ability to carry out professional duties. Pass successfully the examination administered by the Committee. Pay all examination or applications fees. In addition, the candidate may be required to complete supervised fieldwork as part of school or program coursework. Licenses are issued for two-year periods, in even-numbered years. More detailed information, including application packets and test dates, may be obtained directly through the Occupational Therapy Committee.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Occupational Therapy Committee (3172342051)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/ot.htm

Temporary Occupational Therapist Permit (18-0000000093)

IC 25-23.5-5-11 Temporary permit; requirements; expiration; renewal Sec. 11. (a) The committee may issue a temporary permit to a person to engage in the practice of occupational therapy as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant if the person pays a fee and the person: (1) has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state and the person has applied for a license or certificate from the committee; (2) is practicing occupational therapy in a state that does not license or certify occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants but is certified by a national occupational therapy association approved by the board and the person has applied for a license or certificate from the committee; or (3) meets all the following requirements: (A) Has graduated from an accredited program. (B) Has completed the fieldwork experience requirement for a license or certificate under this article. (C) Is eligible to take the entry level examination. (b) A person with a temporary permit issued under subsection (a)(3) may engage in the practice of occupational therapy as an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant only under the supervision of an occupational therapist licensed under this article. 8 (c) A temporary permit expires the earlier of: (1) the date the person holding the permit is issued a permanent license or certificate under this article; (2) the date the committee disapproves the person's license application or certificate application; or (3) one hundred eighty (180) days after the date the permit is issued. (d) The committee may renew a temporary permit if the person holding the permit was scheduled to take the next examination and the person: (1) did not take the examination; and (2) shows good cause for not taking the examination.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Occupational Therapy Committee (3172342051)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/ot.htm


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