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29-1122.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistive Technology Trainer, Early Intervention Occupational Therapist, Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant, Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Co-Director, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Registered Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Supervisor, Staff Occupational Therapist, Staff Therapist

Also see: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
96   Core Complete and maintain necessary records.
95   Core Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
92   Core Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.
91   Core Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
90   Core 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.
88   Core Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
83   Core Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
81   Core Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
79   Core 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.
78   Core Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
76   Core Lay out materials such as puzzles, scissors and eating utensils for use in therapy, and clean and repair these tools after therapy sessions.
75   Core Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
75   Core Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination, and perceptual skills, using computer programs.
75   Core Provide training and supervision in therapy techniques and objectives for students or nurses and other medical staff.
62   Core Conduct research in occupational therapy.
61   Core Advise on health risks in the workplace or on health-related transition to retirement.
49   Supplemental Provide patients with assistance in locating or holding jobs.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Computer switch interfaces; Switch use tools; Wobble switches
Domestic sewing machines — Sewing machines
Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy — Gait and transfer belts
Patient lifts or accessories — Lift chairs
Scanners — Portable scanning pens
Therapeutic balls or accessories — Exercise balls
Vascular or compression apparel or support — Pressure care garments
Visual presenters — Video magnifiers
Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Voice output communication aids
Wheelchairs — Electric wheelchairs

Technology used in this occupation:

Computer based training software — Language arts educational software; Special education educational software; Text reader software; Text to speech software (see all 8 examples)
Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software
Electronic mail software — Email software
Graphics or photo imaging software — Boardmaker Software; Computer drawing software
Internet browser software — Synapse Adaptive Connect Outloud
Medical software — Casamba Smart; HMS software; Lexrotech LxPediatric; Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Duxbury Braille Translator; Text scanning software
Pattern design software — Tactile graphic production kits software
Spreadsheet software
Word processing software — Crick Software Clicker 4; OpenOffice WRITER

See all 57 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
91   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.
91   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.
82   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.
79   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.
78   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
73   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
70   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.
54   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
49   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.
45   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
43   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.
43   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
39   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
36   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
33   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.
32   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
30   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
25   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
23   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
22   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
20   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
20   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
18   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
18   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
17   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
17   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
13   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
12   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
12   Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
78   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
75   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.
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
75   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
75   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
75   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
72   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
72   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
69   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
69   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
69   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
63   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
60   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
60   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
60   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
53   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
53   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.
50   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
50   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
47   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
31   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
28   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
28   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
22   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
16   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
13   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
10   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
81   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.
75   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
72   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
72   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69   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).
69   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
66   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).
63   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.
56   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
56   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   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.
50   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.
50   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.
47   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47   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).
47   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
44   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
44   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.
44   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
44   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
41   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.
41   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.
38   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
31   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
31   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
31   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
31   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
28   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
28   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
25   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
22   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
13   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
10   Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
10   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
10   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
94   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
89   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
88   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Record patient medical histories.
87   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
86   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
82   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
81   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
81   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
80   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
80   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
79   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
78   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
74   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
74   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
73   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
73   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Train medical providers.
69   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
68   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Encourage patients or clients to develop life skills.
67   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
67   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
66   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
64   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
64   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
64   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
63   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
63   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
62   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
61   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
60   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
58   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
56   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
44   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
43   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
41   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
39   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
38   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
19   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
18   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
18   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
14   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
14   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


95     Every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


81     Constant contact with others
19     Contact with others most of the time
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


86     Very close (near touching)
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


90     Every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


76     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


67     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


62     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


62     Extremely important
29     Very important
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


57     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


48     A lot of freedom
43     Some freedom
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


48     Extremely important
33     Very important
19     Important
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


38     A lot of freedom
52     Some freedom
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


52     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


38     Every day
48     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


33     Very high responsibility
48     High responsibility
19     Moderate responsibility
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


33     Extremely important
43     Very important
19     Important
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


29     Very important results
52     Important results
14     Moderate results
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


52     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


29     Continually or almost continually
24     More than half the time
19     About half the time
29     Less than half the time
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


29     Extremely serious
29     Very serious
24     Fairly serious
14     Not serious at all
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
48     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


19     High responsibility
62     Moderate responsibility
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


19     Extremely important
24     Very important
24     Important
29     Fairly important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


33     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


24     More than 40 hours
62     40 hours
14     Less than 40 hours
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


29     More than half the time
43     About half the time
29     Less than half the time
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


19     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


45     About half the time
40     Less than half the time
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
52     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


57     Moderately competitive
14     Slightly competitive
19     Not at all competitive
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


14     More than half the time
19     About half the time
62     Less than half the time
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


14     More than half the time
19     About half the time
67     Less than half the time
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


24     About half the time
57     Less than half the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


19     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


33     Important
19     Fairly important
33     Not important at all
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


86     Less than half the time
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


81     Less than half the time
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


14     Every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
43     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


43     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


24     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
52     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


33     Slightly automated
62     Not at all automated
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
71     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


24     Once a year or more but not every month
67     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


81     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


86     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


33     Once a year or more but not every month
67     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


90     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


14     Once a year or more but not every month
86     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


95     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


95     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


100     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


100     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


100     Not important at all

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
71   Master's degree
19   Bachelor's degree
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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
56   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
45   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
39   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
33   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
33   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
99   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
92   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
92   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
92   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
89   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
87   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
83   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
82   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
81   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
80   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
80   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
79   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
78   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
76   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
73   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
70   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
100   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
83   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
81   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
78   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
67   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
56   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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21-1022.00 Healthcare Social Workers Bright Outlook
25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary Bright Outlook
25-1072.00 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Bright Outlook
25-1193.00 Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
29-1123.00 Physical Therapists   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
29-1125.00 Recreational Therapists
29-9091.00 Athletic Trainers

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $36.99 hourly, $76,940 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 113,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 48,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (77% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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