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Occupational Therapists - 29-1122.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assess, plan, and organize 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. Use therapeutic techniques, adapt the individual's environment, teach skills, and modify specific tasks that present barriers to the individual.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Assistive Technology Trainer
  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
  • Early Intervention Occupational Therapist
  • Home Health Occupational Therapist
  • Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist (Pediatric OT)
  • Pediatrics and Acute Care Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise on health risks in the workplace or on health-related transition to retirement.
  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Conduct research in occupational therapy.
  • Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Design and create, or requisition, special supplies and equipment, such as splints, braces, and computer-aided adaptive equipment.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress.
  • Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination, and perceptual skills, using computer programs.
  • Lay out materials such as puzzles, scissors and eating utensils for use in therapy, and clean and repair these tools after therapy sessions.
  • Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate persons with disabilities because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
  • Provide patients with assistance in locating or holding jobs.
  • Provide training and supervision in therapy techniques and objectives for students or nurses and other medical staff.
  • Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Train caregivers in providing for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Design medical devices or appliances.
  • Design public or employee health programs.
  • Develop treatment plans that use non-medical therapies.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Encourage patients or clients to develop life skills.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Fabricate medical devices.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train caregivers or other non-medical personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Dietitian (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapist (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Occupational Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Medicine (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Apprentice, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Craftsman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Helper, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Journeyman, Orthotic (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Medicine Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapist, Special Warfare (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Physical Therapy Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Physician Assistant (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Specialist Allied Operations (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Industrial Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist