Military Physical and Occupational Therapy Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Physical and occupational therapy specialists assist physical and occupational therapists in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by the therapist. All of this is done with the goal of helping their patients regain strength and mobility.

Work Environment

Physical and occupational therapy specialists work in hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers.

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

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Physical and Occupational Therapy Specialists in the Military

280

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Salary

Average Salary

$99,522

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 84%
  • Bachelor's degree 14%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral 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

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Physical and occupational therapy specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, including practice in providing patient healthcare, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Anatomy, physiology, and psychologyMethods of therapy, including massage, electric therapy, and radiation therapyHandling and positioning of patientsPrinciples of rehabilitationPatient care

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language

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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