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

Occupation Information table
Overview: 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.
Duties: Teach cane skills, including cane use with a guide, diagonal techniques, and two-point touches. Train clients to use tactile, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, and proprioceptive 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. Monitor clients' progress to determine whether changes in rehabilitation plans are needed.
Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Projected growth (2019-2029): Much faster than average (8% or higher)
Starting Salary: The mean salary for occupational therapists is $86,210.
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Projected job openings (2019-2029): 10,300

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.