Occupational Therapy Major Skills

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Here's a list of the skills that employers seek when hiring Occupational Therapy majors. Skills vary by job, so also review these skills lists for a variety of different occupations.

Highlight the skills you acquired during your studies, internships and jobs held during college in your cover letters, resume and job applications.

Occupational Therapy Major Skills

A - C

  • Active Listening
  • Adaptability
  • Applying Concepts of Neuroscience and Psychology to Occupational Therapy Problems
  • Applying Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Applying Principles of Physics
  • Assertiveness
  • Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Scientific Research Studies
  • Attention to Detail
  • Avoiding Internalization of Patients Distress
  • Basing Interventions on Scientific Evidence
  • Collaborating with Other Health Professionals
  • Comfort with Witnessing Disability
  • Conveying Medical Information to Families in Plain Language

D - K

  • Demonstrating Exercises
  • Determining the Physical Tasks Essential for a Patient to Maintain Independent Living
  • Devising Hypotheses Regarding Occupational Therapy Issues
  • Devising Treatment Plans
  • Empathy
  • Establishing a Quick Rapport with Patients
  • Evaluating the Physical Requirements for Carrying Out a Patient's Job
  • Examining Patients to Assess Their Condition
  • Facilitating Group Discussion
  • Generating Solutions to Occupational Performance Problems
  • Identifying Pain Level of Patients
  • Imagination
  • Inspiring Trust
  • Instructing Others
  • Interpreting a Research Data
  • Interpreting Medical Records
  • Interviewing Patients to Assess Capabilities and Limitations

M - Q

  • Making Referrals to Other Health Professionals
  • Manipulating Assistive Devices 
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Measuring Outcomes from Interventions
  • Mechanical Reasoning
  • Memorizing Medical Terminology
  • Multitasking
  • Observational
  • Organizational
  • Patience
  • Prioritizing 
  • Providing Feedback

R - Z

  • Receiving Constructive Criticism
  • Selecting Methods to Test Research Hypotheses
  • Spatial Relations
  • Stamina
  • Statistics
  • Stress Management
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Time Management
  • Understanding Their Limitations
  • Verbal
  • Writing Case Notes
  • Writing Research Papers

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Here’s a list of skills employers are looking for, including soft skills, general skills, and hard skills for a variety of different jobs.

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