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Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists

Provide therapy to patients with visual impairments to improve their functioning in daily life activities. May train patients in activities such as computer use, communication skills, or home management skills.   (O'Net 29-1122.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Certified Low Vision Therapist, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Low Vision Therapist, Mobility Specialist, Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Orientation and Mobility Instructor, Orientation and Mobility Specialist, Orientation and Mobility Therapist for the Blind, Rehabilitation Teacher, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (VRT)
 
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    Wages
    for Occupational Therapists which includes:
                          - Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 25.83   $ 30.39   $ 36.15   $ 43.10   $ 48.80   $ 36.41  
    Yearly $53,720   $63,210   $75,190   $89,650   $101,500   $75,720  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 27.82   $ 31.99   $ 37.35   $ 43.49   $ 47.54   $ 37.40  
    Yearly $57,870   $66,540   $77,700   $90,460   $98,890   $77,780  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.83   $ 29.74   $ 35.54   $ 42.07   $ 48.19   $ 35.47  
    Yearly $51,650   $61,870   $73,910   $87,500   $100,240   $73,780  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.82   $ 28.69   $ 34.89   $ 43.19   $ 53.55   $ 36.03  
    Yearly $51,630   $59,680   $72,580   $89,830   $111,380   $74,940  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Occupational Therapists which includes:
                                  - Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 214 246 1.4% 7
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Occupational Therapists which includes:
                                - Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Ambulatory healthcare services 37.0%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 26.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 13.1%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 10.8%
    Social assistance 3.9%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
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  • Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and propioceptive information.
     
  • Assess clients' functioning in areas such as vision, orientation and mobility skills, social and emotional issues, cognition, physical abilities, and personal goals.
     
  • Teach clients to travel independently using a variety of actual or simulated travel situations or exercises.
     
  • Write reports or complete forms to document assessments, training, progress, or follow-up outcomes.
     
  • Teach cane skills including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches.
     
  • Train clients with visual impairments to use mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
     
  • Recommend appropriate mobility devices or systems such as human guides, dog guides, long canes, electronic travel aids (ETAs), and other adaptive mobility devices (AMDs).
     
  • Collaborate with specialists, such as rehabilitation counselors, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, to provide client solutions.
     
  • Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
     
  • Develop rehabilitation or instructional plans collaboratively with clients, based on results of assessments, needs, and goals.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies - Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Low Vision Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists  updated June 2010
     


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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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