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Occupational Therapist Occupational Therapists help patients and their families perform everyday tasks at work or at home such as dressing, eating, and driving. They also help train people how to make the best use of assistive technology. 2,070 $82,190 Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy required, Master's degree in Occupational Therapy preferred; certification/license preferred. Graduate and or Post Graduate
Occupational Therapy Aide Occupational Therapy Aides assess patient skill levels for occupational therapists and help patients use equipment that is prescribed as part of their treatment programs. 130 $27,850 High school/vocational-technical degree. High School / Vocational Technical School
Occupational Therapy Assistant Occupational Therapy Assistants help therapists, patients, and family members follow treatment programs designed to help patients with injuries or disabilities gain (or regain) basic skills for life and work. They also explain how new routines and technology can help patients regain some or all of their personal independence. 320 $52,460 Associate's degree required from colleges and universities that are accredited by the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Accreditation Association. Associate's
Physical Therapist Physical Therapists help guide patients through targeted exercises and activities designed to relieve pain and increase mobility and function. They also assist patients with long-term injuries or disabilities to heal or to maximize their flexibility. They help to determine a specific schedule of therapies to improve the patient's health and strength. 5,260 $82,190 Master's degree required in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, may need a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; certification/license preferred. Graduate and or Post Graduate
Physical Therapy Aide Physical Therapists help guide patients through targeted exercises and activities designed to relieve pain and increase mobility and function. They also assist patients with long-term injuries or disabilities to heal or to maximize their flexibility. They help to determine a specific schedule of therapies to improve the patient's health and strength. 2,100 $25,010 High school/vocational-technical degree. High school/vocational technical school
Physical Therapy Assistant Physical Therapy Assistants help physical therapists and their patients track the patient's progress toward alleviating pain or regaining function within their bodies and limbs. They also suggest changes in treatment when necessary and appropriate. 1,110 $45,960 Associate's degree in Physical Therapy required from colleges and universities that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Associate's
Recreational Therapist Recreational therapist plan, direct and coordinate recreation programs for people with disabilities or illness. They assess clients’ needs through observations, form treatment plans with other professionals, carry out interventions to prevent harm to a client and help clients learn social skills needed to be independent. $51,550 Bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation or a related field. Most employers prefer licensure by the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Candidate must pass the written certification exam and complete a supervised internship of at least 480 hours. Bachelor’s degree
Acupuncture Medicine Practitioner Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine (AOM) is an ancient and empirical system of medicine based on the concept of qi (pronounced “chee”), which is usually translated as energy. AOM treatments identify a pattern of energetic imbalance within a patient and redress that disharmony through a variety of therapies that may include acupuncture needling, cupping, acupressure, and exercises such as tai ji and qi gong, as well as Chinese herbal preparations. 1,890 $82,600 Specific academic requirements and programs may vary from one AOM college to another, but in general, a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree (or the equivalent, with 60 semester units from an accredited college or university) is required for admission into an AOM program. Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree
Massage Therapists Massage therapists apply manual techniques to manipulate soft tissue – the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia (membranes surrounding muscles). Massage therapists work to increase the blood circulation and flow of lymph (fluid from body tissues that flows into the blood stream). Areas of Specialization Massage therapists may specialize in sports massage, deep tissue massage, craniosacral work, medical, geriatric, infant and mothers-to-be massage. There are also numerous different massage techniques to choose from. Work Environment Massage therapists may practice in a group or as solo practitioners. They can work in a massage office, group practice, out of the home, in healthcare organizations (physician’s office, hospital, clinics, etc.), nursing homes, health clubs and fitness centers, spas and resorts, beauty and hair salons, cruise ships, and for sports teams and events. $40,385 raining standards and requirements for massage therapists vary greatly by state and locality. Education programs are typically found in private or public postsecondary institutions and can require 500 hours or more of study to complete. A high school diploma or equivalent degree is usually required for admission. Certification / Licenses
Respiratory Therapists Respiratory therapists (RT) or respiratory care practitioners (RCP) treat patients who have difficulty breathing because of cardiopulmonary (heart-lung) problems. Under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists conduct diagnostic tests of patients’ cardiopulmonary functions and give patients appropriate treatment as prescribed by the physician. A respiratory therapist may treat all types of patients from the very young to the very old in both short- and long-term situations, as well as provide emergency care to patients who are victims of heart attacks, stroke, shock or drowning. Areas of Specialization Respiratory therapists can specialize in different areas such as neonatal care, pediatric care, and cardiopulmonary diagnostics or critical care. Work Environment Respiratory therapists may work in hospitals or clinics, nursing homes, adult day care facilities, home health agencies and physicians’ offices. $50,453 Respiratory therapists need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Respiratory therapists are licensed in all states except Alaska; requirements vary by state. Associate’s Degree