Orientation and Mobility Specialists

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Orientation and mobility specialists help people with disabilities stay actively involved in society. They teach blind, visually impaired, and disabled individuals how to master the skills necessary to live independently and often encourage them to participate in various educational or recreational programs. Specialists also serve as a source of information, referring clients to financial aid, benefits, and legal advice. These workers may be employed directly by an individual or indirectly through community planning, research, and publicity projects.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Help clients live independently and stay active in society; teach clients practical skills; educate the client on social services
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Speech
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Executive Director of Rehabilitation Agency
  • Orientation and Mobility Specialist
  • Orientation and Mobility Assistant
  • Orientation and Mobility Aide
  • Volunteer at Social Service Agency