Orthoptist - Salary and Career
Occupational therapists and orthoptists

Orthoptist - Career description, activities, functions and salary

Performs interventions and treatment of patients and clients using specific occupational and orthoptic therapy procedures. Evaluate functions and activities, analyze conditions of patients and clients, perform diagnoses. They act in the orientation of patients, clients, family members, caregivers and guardians. They also develop prevention, health promotion and quality of life programs.

How much does an Orthoptist earn

A Orthoptist earns between $1.132 and $5.175 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.081 and a median salary of $1.385 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 17 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Orthoptist

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.081 24.973 520 11
1º Quartile 1.132 13.586 283 6
Median Salary 1.385 16.620 346 8
3º Quartile 3.947 47.359 987 21
Higher Salary 5.175 62.099 1.294 28

Professional job categories

  • Science and arts professionals
    • professionals of biological sciences, health
      • medical professionals, health
        • occupational therapists and orthoptists

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Main workplaces

Occupational therapists and orthoptists they work in the areas of health, education and social services, predominantly liberally, in the case of orthoptists, and with an employment relationship, in the case of occupational therapists, most of the time, in multidisciplinary teams. They work in offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, clinics, schools, homes, clubs, communities, schools, industries, among others, at times

What does it take to work in the field of Occupational therapists and orthoptists

For the exercise of these occupations, a higher education in one of the areas is required: occupational or orthoptic therapy, with records in the relevant professional councils.

Functions and activities of Orthoptist

Occupational therapists and orthoptists must:

  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • guiding patients, clients, family members, caregivers and guardians;
  • perform technical-scientific and administrative activities;
  • analyze conditions of patients, clients, environments and communities;
  • communicate;
  • perform diagnostics;
  • evaluate functions and activities;
  • perform interventions/treatment;
  • guiding patients, clients, relatives, caregivers and guardians;
  • perform diagnosis;
  • perform diagnoses;
  • guide patients, clients, family members, caregivers and guardians;
  • advise patients, clients, families, caregivers and guardians;
  • assess functions and activities;
  • advise patients, clients, family members, caregivers and guardians;
  • perform interventions/treatment;
  • advise patients, clients, relatives, caregivers and guardians;

  • Activities

    • apply tests and protocols;
    • analyze socioeconomic, ethno-cultural and educational conditions;
    • disclose work;
    • clearing doubts;
    • perform consultancy and advice;
    • visiting homes, schools, workplaces, institutions and communities;
    • interact with other professionals;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • guide occlusive therapy;
    • give feedback on the assessment and therapeutic conduct;
    • register procedures and evolution of clients and patients;
    • evaluate activities of daily living (avd);
    • evaluate visual acuity;
    • reeducate posture;
    • evaluate sensory integration;
    • establish service capacity;
    • evaluate sensitivity;
    • identify social support networks;
    • evaluate neuropsychomotor development;
    • analyze human activities;
    • evaluate the impact of illness and institutionalization;
    • analyze environments;
    • stimulating adherence and continuity of treatment;
    • organize technical-scientific events;
    • adapt posture;
    • report;
    • participate in differential interdisciplinary diagnoses;
    • evaluate painful conditions;
    • evaluate sensorimotor and perceptual-cognitive functions;
    • evaluate psychic functions;
    • elaborate technical-administrative manuals and projects;
    • develop treatment evaluation protocol;
    • perform research;
    • stimulate spatial perception and binocular vision;
    • deal with stress;
    • deal with the public;
    • create working methods;
    • transmit security;
    • analyze eligibility criteria;
    • demonstrate dynamism;
    • establish work methodology;
    • analyze assessment results;
    • demonstrate objectivity;
    • demonstrate listening and dialogue skills;
    • demonstrate perseverance;
    • deal with grief;
    • participate in the development of rehabilitation engineering equipment;
    • transmit instructions to the multidisciplinary team;
    • implement actions for prevention and health promotion;
    • choose intervention/treatment procedures;
    • evaluate socio-occupational activities;
    • evaluate body functions;
    • evaluate spatial, temporal and psychomotor perception;
    • evaluate oculomotor functions;
    • operate work instruments and equipment;
    • suggest complementary exams;
    • apply animal-assisted therapies;
    • guiding ergonomic techniques;
    • evaluate range of eye movements;
    • elaborate the discharge process;
    • perform ergonomic assessment;
    • evaluate visual contrast sensitivity;
    • develop technical-administrative manuals and projects;
    • establish discharge parameters;
    • organize daily routine of clients;
    • teach autonomy techniques in activities of daily living (avd) and instrumental activities of daily life (aivd);
    • manage human, material and financial resources;
    • train low vision aids (magnifying glass, teleloupe, spherical glasses, etc);
    • teach techniques for the functional use of vision;
    • mediate meetings;
    • evaluate sensory-motor-ocular system and perception;
    • accompany clients in daily activities;
    • perform orthoptic tests and complementary eye exams;
    • apply strategies for psychosocial rehabilitation;
    • monitor therapeutic evolution;
    • perform habilitation and rehabilitation procedures;
    • perform qualification and rehabilitation procedures;
    • establish eligibility criteria;
    • demonstrate non-verbal communication skills;
    • evaluate general motor skills (posture, gait, balance);
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • adapt orthoses;
    • evaluate orthotics, prostheses, adaptations and assistive products;
    • analyze reports and opinions;
    • demonstrate observation skills;
    • instrument ophthalmic surgery;
    • evaluate instrumental activities of daily living (aivd);
    • perform qualified listening (reception);
    • apply orthoptic exercises;
    • promote educational campaigns;
    • stimulate neuro-sensory-motor and perceptual-cognitive development;
    • prescribe orthoptic exercises;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • coordinate cultural, social assistance and human rights services;
    • monitor therapeutic evolution;
    • elaborate scientific work;
    • prescribe activities;
    • map territory;
    • train professionals;
    • perform socio-occupational diagnosis;
    • evaluate kinetic-functional aspects;
    • perform anamnesis;
    • analyze professional reviews;
    • coordinate health and education services;
    • evaluate oral, reading and writing language learning disorders;
    • perform expertise;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • clarify doubts;
    • make decisions;
    • demonstrate leadership;
    • establish occupational therapy plan;
    • evaluate neuromusculoskeletal functions;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • teach independence techniques in avd and aivd;
    • analyze professional reviews;
    • train the patient in the use of orthoses, prostheses, adaptations and assistive products;
    • establish an orthoptic treatment plan;
    • apply socio-occupational measurement technologies;
    • evaluate ocular deviations;
    • participate in prevention, health promotion/quality of life programs;
    • check understanding of the orientation;
    • elaborate reports and opinions;
    • stimulate spatial and visual-motor perception;
    • analyze complementary exams;
    • adapt activities;
    • stimulate social skills;
    • evaluate visual field;
    • evaluate manual functions;
    • coordinate group occupational therapeutic activities;
    • work as a team;
    • perform pre-surgical measurements of ocular deviations;
    • give courses and lectures;
    • evaluate hand-eye and pedal coordination;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • overcoming adverse situations;
    • evaluate conditions for occupational performance (work, leisure, play, school and leisure );
    • adapt prostheses, adaptations and assistive products;
    • teach alternative forms of communication;
    • demonstrate capacity for analysis and synthesis;
    • make orthoses, prostheses, adaptations and assistive products;
    • demonstrate visual and stereoscopic acuity;
    • evaluate psychosocial functions;
    • demonstrate ability to analyze and synthesize;
    • audit programs and services;
    • prepare the therapeutic environment;
    • prescribe orthoses, prostheses, adaptations and assistive products;
    • evaluate physical environments;
    • supervise professionals, trainees and support teams;
    • forward the client to professionals and entities;
    • stimulate tactile-kinesthetic and musculoskeletal perception;
    • evaluate residual view functionality;
    • evaluate eye catcher;
    • assess motor skills and patterns;
    • visit homes, schools, workplaces, institutions and communities;
    • quantify binocular vision;
    • evaluate affective, emotional and social aspects;
    • develop orthoses, prostheses, adaptations and assistive products;
    • stimulate early visual perception;
    • teach orientation/mobility procedures (dependent/semi-independent/independent);
    • evaluate reading acuity;
    • evaluate visuospatial perception;

    Sectors that hire Orthoptist the most in the job market

    • manufacture of optical articles
    • psychosocial assistance center activities
    • hospital care activities
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • activities of employer and business associative organizations
    • welfare services without accommodation
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • social assistance activities provided in collective and private residences

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