Occupational TherapistJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
Occupational therapists use everyday activities to help people who have injuries or disabilities to improve their quality of life. They evaluate a patient’s needs, develop a treatment plan, and help them with daily tasks such as getting dressed and making meals. Occupational therapists spend a lot of time on their feet, interacting with clients. They must have a master’s degree, and states require them to be licensed.
Sample job description #1
We are searching for a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for our new location in (City) — someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you’ll plan, evaluate, organize, and implement occupational therapy treatment programs in a developmentally and age-appropriate manner.
Complete patient evaluations and reassessments
Develop an individualized plan of care based on evaluation findings
Develop measurable long-term and short-term goals
Manage the schedule effectively to maintain productivity expectations
Participate in ongoing communication and collaboration with other members of the patient’s interdisciplinary care team
Monitor patient response to treatment intervention
Recommend appropriate adaptive equipment and/or termination of treatment when appropriate
Assess patient and family needs regarding their level of understanding, readiness to learn, ability to assimilate information, and the most desirable method of teaching
Develop and instruct the patient and family for appropriate home treatment programs
Document the patient information in the electronic medical record
Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy required
OT certification required
2 years pediatric and/or clinical experience preferred
Outpatient pediatric experience preferred
Feeding experience highly preferred
Sample job description #2
Our ESIT (Early Support for Infants and Toddlers) Team is hiring a Occupational Therapist to work with children from newborns to age three, and their families! Join our team of providers and our mission as we partner with families to build healthy foundations and community where all children thrive.
You will be joining a team that is focused on holistic, wrap around care to meet the critical individual needs of the developing child, and support for the family. You will be working with a team of providers offering multidisciplinary care in a community that connects with, encourages, and builds relationships with one another.
The ESIT Occupational Therapist is responsible for the planning and implementation of therapeutic services in conjunction with the early intervention team providing a treatment plan supporting the functional development of a child’s ability to complete daily living activities. The Occupational Therapist works with families and their children age birth to three years old in the child’s natural environment which may include home, childcare, or other community-based settings using a parent coaching model.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
Provide services to children and families, using a parent coaching model during treatment to encourage parent involvement and training
Monitor treatment progress and adapt the plan according to the developmental needs of the child and the family goals
Evaluate children for program qualification
Develop initial and on-going individualized goals and regular updates on progress
Collaborate and consult with other therapists as a participant of a multi-disciplinary team of providers and FRCs on a regular basis
Complete written daily treatment notes in a timely manner to document services rendered
Maintain records on each child as mandated to monitor progress and development
Provide daily insurance billing information to facilitate timely reimbursement
Using the parent coaching model, implement practices of reflection, observation, and connection to include parents in all aspects of their child’s development, promoting the parent’s ability to support their child
Demonstrate a desire to identify, gain knowledge in and awareness of individual experiences and societal oppressions that impact ESIT families and children in underserved populations centered around race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, belief systems, physical/mental/neurodevelopment differences, marital status, and gender
Plan and implement play-based activities creating opportunities for children to practice functional skills and work towards developmental goals
Actively engage in building a community that thrives from a genuine sense of belonging, involvement, and inclusion; by honoring differences, acknowledging biases, and transforming in togetherness
Monitor and track caseload requirements with on-going new referrals
Participate in staff development/training opportunities based on Part C, DCYF, and King County contracts
Able to work closely and collaboratively with parents, caregivers, and professionals
Be resourceful, responsive, engaged, and reflective in addressing the unique needs of every family and their child
Execute exceptional time management and organizational skills
Maintain all certifications related to the field of Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention
Other duties as assigned
Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy program
Valid Washington Certified Occupational Therapy license
Infant Toddler CPR certification required within 90 days of hire
Must have valid current State Driver’s License and vehicle insurance
Pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and background check and FBI fingerprint check if not in state for more than the past 3 years
Proof of most current COVID Vaccination
Must possess a positive attitude and friendly manner with strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work independently
Ability to be flexible, solution focused, collaborative, and mindful
At least one year of pediatric experience
Experience with telehealth
Bilingual in English and Spanish
This is an active job requiring lifting of up to 50 lbs, frequently squatting, sitting on the floor, and active work with children
Sample job description #3
The OT – Occupational Therapist provides direct rehab care in occupational therapy to patients upon physician referral in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and ABC Company standards.
Education, experience, and licensure requirements
NBCOT certified upon hire, but renewal is optional going forward
Graduate of an accredited program in occupational therapy (BSOT or MSOT)
Currently registered/licensed in applicable State. Must maintain an active license in good standing throughout employment
One (1) year experience in post acute care or related setting preferred
CPR certification upon hire or obtain during orientation. CPR certification must remain current during employment
Specific job requirements
Participates in community health matters/projects as appropriate
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and e mail
Liaisons with patients, families, support departments, etc., to adequately plan for patient needs
Must demonstrate good body mechanics at all times
Make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action
Knowledgeable of practices and procedures as well as the laws, regulations, and guidelines governing functions in the post acute care facility
Implement and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the department
Perform proficiently in all competency areas including but not limited to: patient rights, safety, and sanitation
Maintains professional working relationships with all associates, vendors, etc.
Maintains confidentiality of all proprietary and/or confidential information
Understand and follow company policies including harassment and compliance procedures
Displays integrity and professionalism by adhering to ABC Company’s Code of Conduct and completes mandatory Code of Conduct and other appropriate compliance training
Follow occupational treatment plans for patients (i.e., activities of daily living)
Establish, assess, and modify realistic, measurable, timely, and functional goals
Oversee and evaluate care given by OTAs, Rehab Aides, and students
Chart appropriately and timely
Utilize therapy software appropriately and accurately
Exhibit excellent customer service and a positive attitude towards patients
Assist in the evacuation of patients
Demonstrate dependable, regular attendance
Concentrate and use reasoning skills and good judgment
Communicate and function productively on an interdisciplinary team
Sit, stand, bend, lift, push, pull, stoop, walk, reach, and move intermittently during working hours
Read, write, speak, and understand the English language
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for an occupational therapist is $92,500 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
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Sample interview questions
What skills do you have that you believe will assist you in being an occupational therapist?
Do you have any relevant or useful certifications, and how will these help you with occupational therapy?
How should you go about establishing goals for a patient?
What is your opinion on how occupational therapy should be administered for the best results?
What is an effective method you use in order to ensure patient recovery and rehabilitation?
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