Description: Occupational therapists treat patients through the therapeutic of everyday activities. They help patients develop, recover, and improve skills they need for everyday functions.
Knowledge Required: Occupational therapists need to be well versed with developmental disabilities, mental illness, chronic conditions, biology, kinetics and psychology.
Skills: Attention to detail, communication, compassion, flexibility, interpersonal skills, patience, writing skills, observation and problem solving,
Career Path: Occupational therapists pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from a university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. One must pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy to be licensed. In addition, one must complete 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork in order to practice in the field. Therapists can in various work environments such as nursing homes, offices, schools, hospitals, etc.
Best Cities for this Job: Las Vegas, Nevada; Beaumont, Texas; Daytona Beach, Florida.
Median Annual Income: National: $78,810 CA: $70,000.
Future Growth: There is a prospective 27% increase of occupational therapist careers, must faster than average.
From the Field: “Make sure that your attitude is really positive working with patients or clients in a clinic setting.” – Lani H.
Did You Know: According to U.S. News & World Report, occupational therapists rank # 17 in Best Health Care Jobs and #23 in The 100 Best Jobs.
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