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Occupational Therapists

ANZSCO ID 2524

Overview

All Occupational Therapists

  • $1,569 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 16,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 58% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 92% female Gender Share

Occupational Therapists assess functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, and provide therapy to enable people to perform their daily activities and occupations.

You need a bachelor degree in occupational therapy to work as an Occupational Therapist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • assessing clients' emotional, psychological, developmental and physical capabilities using clinical observations and standardised tests
  • assessing clients' functional potential in their home, leisure, work and school environments, and recommending environmental adaptations to maximise their performance
  • planning and directing programs through the use of vocational, recreational, remedial, social and educational activities on an individual and group basis
  • providing advice to family members, carers, employers and teachers about adapting clients' home, leisure, work and school environments
  • providing adaptive equipment, such as wheel chairs and splints, to assist clients to overcome their functional limitations
  • working with other Health Professionals in overall case management of clients
  • working with other professionals in providing specialist advice to specific client groups such as those requiring driver rehabilitation, third-party compensation and medico-legal representation
  • recording clients' progress and maintaining professional relationships in accordance with relevant legislative requirements and ethical guidelines

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in occupational therapy to work as an Occupational Therapist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Occupational Therapists who are mature, professional, and efficient and can solve problems.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    82% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Therapy and counselling

    82% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  3. Education and training

    71% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Customer and personal service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Sociology and anthropology

    63% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  7. Medicine and dentistry

    58% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  8. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Philosophy and theology

    49% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  10. Biology

    46% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  11. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Computers and electronics

    43% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  13. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    39% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  16. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Sales and marketing

    30% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Public safety and security

    25% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  19. Engineering and technology

    22% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Active learning

    57% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    55% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Serving others

    55% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Operations analysis

    45% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Originality

    57% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    41% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Multitasking

    39% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    77% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Building good relationships

    75% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    74% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  9. Thinking creatively

    67% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  10. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Working with the public

    64% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  12. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    63% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  13. Coaching and developing others

    61% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Documenting or recording information

    60% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    52% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Leading and encouraging a team

    51% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  19. Training and teaching others

    51% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Doing physically active work

    47% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1122.00 - Occupational Therapists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    96% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Physically close to people

    96% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Electronic mail

    94% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Disease or infection

    93% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  7. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Frequent decision making

    88% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Unstructured work

    88% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Contact with the public

    86% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Letters and memos

    86% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Time pressure

    85% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Lead or coordinate a team

    81% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  18. Angry or unpleasant people

    71% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  19. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    70% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  20. Conflict situations

    67% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    100% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Working conditions

    83% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Recognition

    62% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Analytical

    62% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Practical

    43% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1122.00 - Occupational Therapists.

All Occupational Therapists

  • $1,569 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 16,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 58% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 92% female Gender Share

Occupational Therapists assess functional limitations of people resulting from illnesses and disabilities, and provide therapy to enable people to perform their daily activities and occupations.

You need a bachelor degree in occupational therapy to work as an Occupational Therapist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • assessing clients' emotional, psychological, developmental and physical capabilities using clinical observations and standardised tests
  • assessing clients' functional potential in their home, leisure, work and school environments, and recommending environmental adaptations to maximise their performance
  • planning and directing programs through the use of vocational, recreational, remedial, social and educational activities on an individual and group basis
  • providing advice to family members, carers, employers and teachers about adapting clients' home, leisure, work and school environments
  • providing adaptive equipment, such as wheel chairs and splints, to assist clients to overcome their functional limitations
  • working with other Health Professionals in overall case management of clients
  • working with other professionals in providing specialist advice to specific client groups such as those requiring driver rehabilitation, third-party compensation and medico-legal representation
  • recording clients' progress and maintaining professional relationships in accordance with relevant legislative requirements and ethical guidelines

You need a bachelor degree in occupational therapy to work as an Occupational Therapist. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Occupational Therapists who are mature, professional, and efficient and can solve problems.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Psychology

    82% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  2. Therapy and counselling

    82% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  3. Education and training

    71% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Customer and personal service

    67% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Sociology and anthropology

    63% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  7. Medicine and dentistry

    58% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  8. Clerical

    49% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Philosophy and theology

    49% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  10. Biology

    46% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  11. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Computers and electronics

    43% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  13. Law and government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    39% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  16. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Sales and marketing

    30% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  18. Public safety and security

    25% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  19. Engineering and technology

    22% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Active learning

    57% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    55% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  8. Serving others

    55% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    52% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Complex problem solving

    52% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Time management

    50% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  16. Persuasion

    46% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Operations analysis

    45% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  3. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  6. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  7. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Originality

    57% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Speech recognition

    52% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  13. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    41% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Multitasking

    39% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    77% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Building good relationships

    75% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Looking for changes over time

    74% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    69% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  7. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  9. Thinking creatively

    67% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  10. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Working with the public

    64% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  12. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    63% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  13. Coaching and developing others

    61% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Documenting or recording information

    60% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    52% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Leading and encouraging a team

    51% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  19. Training and teaching others

    51% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Doing physically active work

    47% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1122.00 - Occupational Therapists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    96% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  3. Physically close to people

    96% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Electronic mail

    94% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Disease or infection

    93% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  7. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  9. Frequent decision making

    88% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Unstructured work

    88% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  11. Contact with the public

    86% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Letters and memos

    86% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Time pressure

    85% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Lead or coordinate a team

    81% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  18. Angry or unpleasant people

    71% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  19. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    70% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  20. Conflict situations

    67% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    100% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Achievement

    86% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  3. Working conditions

    83% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Recognition

    62% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Helping

    100% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  2. Analytical

    62% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Creative

    48% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Practical

    43% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1122.00 - Occupational Therapists.
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