Profession

Occupational Therapist


Description

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to fully engage in their daily lives, from their work and recreation to activities of daily living like getting dressed, cooking, eating and driving.If you choose this field, there are many kinds of practice available for you to specialize in. You may decide to work with premature babies at a pediatric hospital or children with cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. Many practitioners choose to help children thrive in the occupations of childhood, which include learning, playing and growing.Therapists also work in schools with students who have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Or you may be interested in working with older people in their homes or nursing homes, helping them to recover from strokes or deal with Alzheimers disease. Some practitioners choose to help accident victims to regain needed skills or offer assistance to people with mental illness. Many Occupational Therapist work part-time (https://explorehealthcareers.org/career/occupational-therapy/occupational-therapist/)

Job Prospect

High

Work Environment

Most occupational therapists work in hospitals or occupational therapy practices while others work in schools, physicians offices, home health services and nursing homes. Occupational therapists in hospitals and other health care and community settings usually work a 40-hour week. They spend a great many of those hours on their feet while working with patients.

General and Personal Skills Required

Average Salary

Cost of Training

Recommended Level of Education

Master

Professional Skills / Tools Required

Associated Disciplines

Occupational Therapy