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29-1122.01 - Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

Provide therapy to patients with visual impairments to improve their functioning in daily life activities. May train patients in activities such as computer use, communication skills, or home management skills.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Low Vision Therapist, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Mobility Specialist, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT)

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
94   Core Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
92   Core Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
91   Core Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
89   Core Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
87   Core Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
87   Core Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
85   Core Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
84   Core Train clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
81   Core Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
81   Core Provide consultation, support, or education to groups such as parents and teachers.
80   Core Participate in professional development activities such as reading literature, continuing education, attending conferences, and collaborating with colleagues.
79   Core Train clients to use adaptive equipment such as large print, reading stands, lamps, writing implements, software, and electronic devices.
78   Core Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
75   Core Administer tests and interpret test results to develop rehabilitation plans for clients.
75   Core Refer clients to services, such as eye care, health care, rehabilitation, and counseling, to enhance visual and life functioning or when condition exceeds scope of practice.
72   Core Teach independent living skills or techniques such as adaptive eating, medication management, diabetes management, and personal management.
72   Core Obtain, distribute, or maintain low vision devices.
70   Core Identify visual impairments related to basic life skills in areas such as self-care, literacy, communication, health management, home management, and meal preparation.
80   Supplemental Train clients to read or write Braille.
78   Supplemental Design instructional programs to improve communication using devices such as slates and styluses, braillers, keyboards, adaptive handwriting devices, talking book machines, digital books, and optical character readers (OCRs).

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille label makers; Braille personal digital assistants; Braille writers; Tactile maps (see all 6 examples)
Canes or cane accessories — Long canes
Computer display glare screens — Anti-glare visors
Eye charts or vision cards — Amsler grids; Lea symbols single symbol books; Near vision acuity charts; Snellen eye charts (see all 23 examples)
Flashlight — Flashlights; Penlights
Incandescent lamps — Adjustable task lamps
Light enhancing cameras or vision devices — Night scopes
Magnifiers — Handheld magnifiers; Illuminated magnifiers; Monoculars; Stand magnifiers (see all 6 examples)
Medical tape measures — Medical measuring tapes
Stuffed animals or puppets — Finger puppets
Televisions — Closed circuit television monitors
Writing aids for the physically challenged — Check writing guides; Envelope addressing guides; Signature guides; Writing guides

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Arkenstone Atlas Speaks
Computer based training software — American Printing House for the Blind Talking Typer Software; Verbal View software
Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
Device drivers or system software — Ai Squared ZoomText; American Printing House for the Blind Learn Keys; Freedom Scientific MAGic; ZoomWare Screen Magnifier (see all 6 examples)
Internet browser software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

See all 36 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
85   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.
66   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
63   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.
61   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.
52   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
50   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.
50   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
48   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.
40   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.
38   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.
38   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
32   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.
32   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
26   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.
26   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
23   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.
23   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.
20   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.
18   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.
16   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.
16   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.
16   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
15   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
14   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
13   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
12   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.
11   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
10   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   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   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
69   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
63   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
60   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
56   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
56   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).
56   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
56   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.
53   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).
50   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   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.
50   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   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).
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   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   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44   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.
44   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
41   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
41   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38   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.
35   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
28   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28   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.
25   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.
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
22   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
19   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.
19   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
16   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
10   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
10   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
10   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.
10   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
10   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   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
  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.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
85   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.
83   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare healthcare training materials.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
83   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
82   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
80   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
79   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Instruct patients in the use of assistive equipment.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses.
77   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
76   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
70   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
70   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
69   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
68   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
68   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.
67   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
66   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
65   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
64   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Recommend types of assistive devices.
63   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
63   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.
60   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
58   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.
58   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
55   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
54   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
53   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
52   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.
47   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.
44   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.
43   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
43   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
38   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.
37   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
37   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
35   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
29   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
21   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
19   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
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.
17   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
17   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.
14   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.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
95   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
94   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
90   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
88   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?
87   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?
87   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
86   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
85   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
82   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?
80   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
75   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?
70   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
69   In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
69   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
67   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
66   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
63   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
62   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
61   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?
58   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
56   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
55   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
53   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
50   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
50   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?
46   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
43   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?
43   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
43   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?
41   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
39   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
38   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
38   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
37   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
36   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
35   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
35   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?
30   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
29   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
29   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
25   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
24   Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
23   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
23   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
17   Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
15   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
14   Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
11   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
  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?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
  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.)
  In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
  Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
  Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
 Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
 Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
 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?

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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
52   Master's degree
28   Bachelor's degree
12   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help

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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.
61   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.
56   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.
33   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.
28   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.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
93   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
92   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
91   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
90   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
90   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.
87   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
87   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
85   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
82   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
81   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
79   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
78   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
78   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
72   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
71   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
68   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
83   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.
67   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.
67   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
61   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.
56   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   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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Occupational Therapists.
Employment data collected from Occupational Therapists.
Industry data collected from Occupational Therapists.

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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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Occupational Therapists external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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