Military Occupational Therapists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Occupational therapists are trained to view a person holistically in the context of their daily lives. Occupational therapists in the Military provide direct patient care, readiness training, wellness education, and injury prevention to service members. They plan and administer therapy to help patients adjust to disabilities, regain independence, and prepare to return to work.

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Work Environment

Occupational therapists work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and other medical facilities.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Occupational Therapists in the Military

665

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Salary

Average Salary

$77,220

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 86%
  • Bachelor's degree 13%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for occupational therapists primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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Knowledge

  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Medicine and Dentistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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