Occupational Therapist Career Guide

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Occupational Therapists (OTs) are healthcare professionals who play a critical role in helping individuals of all ages overcome physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges that interfere with their ability to engage in meaningful activities or occupations. OTs work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans, focusing on enhancing their independence and quality of life through therapeutic interventions.


To become an Occupational Therapist, one must complete a Master's or Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited program. These programs typically take two to three years to complete. Aspiring OTs must also pass the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam to obtain licensure as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).

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In addition to formal education and licensure, OTs should possess strong communication, problem-solving and empathy skills to work effectively with diverse patient populations. Experience in clinical settings through internships or volunteering can be advantageous in gaining practical knowledge and understanding different occupational therapy techniques.


Staff and Travel Occupational Therapists require a diverse skill set to succeed in their specialty. They must have a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology and rehabilitation techniques. OTs also need strong assessment and evaluation skills to identify patients' functional limitations and develop appropriate treatment plans. Additionally, effective communication and collaboration with patients, families and interdisciplinary teams are vital

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The responsibilities of an Occupational Therapist encompass a wide range of tasks. They assess patients' physical and cognitive abilities, develop personalized treatment goal, and design intervention plans to improve daily living skills, mobility and overall function. OTs may use therapeutic exercises, adaptive devices and environmental modifications to enhance patients' independence. They also provide patient and caregiver education, monitor progress and

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The average salary for a Occupational Therapist is $1,947.59 per week.

Last updated on September 25, 2023. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming an Occupational Therapist offers several advantages. The profession provides immense job satisfaction by helping individuals regain independence and improve their overall well-being. OTs have the flexibility to work in various settings, such as hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers and private practices. Additionally, the demand for Occupational Therapists is expected to grow, offering excellent job prospects.

However, there are challenges associated with

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