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Occupational Therapist

Minimum Education Requirement: Entry-level bachelor’s degree (prior to 2007) or a master’s degree (on or after 2007) in occupational therapy from an accredited institution by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Must also possess national board certification in Occupational Therapy through the National Board on Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)

Healthcare Professional

From working at a desk with a computer to parachuting out of planes on special forces missions, the men and women of the Air Force are called on to do an incredibly wide range of things. With such a diverse mission, the Air Force needs highly skilled Occupational Therapists who can handle anything thrown at them. One day you could be treating a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome, and the next you could be helping a wounded Airmen get back on their feet. There’s no end to the variety of tasks you’ll face and no limit to the amount of support you’ll have when it comes to treating your patients.

Career Tasks

  • Evaluate and treat active-duty members of the armed forces, family members and retirees with a variety of physical, psychosocial or developmental limitations
  • Plan therapeutic activities directed toward the promotion of health or for rehabilitation of physical or psychosocial dysfunction as they relate to activities of daily living
  • In addition to managing educational and research functions, daily duties include administering occupational therapy programs, conducting patient interviews and advising commanders on long-range planning and needs for program development in support of occupational therapy services

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