Occupational Therapy Career Information

Occupational Therapy Career and Schools

What does an Occupational Therapist do?

Occupational therapists treat patients with physical, mental, or developmental conditions by employing a therapeutic usage of daily tasks and activities. Occupational therapists use a client-centered approach to facilitate progress and skill building.

Occupational therapists modify and simplify tasks that patients struggle with and adapt specific tools and objects to fit the needs of the client. Occupational therapists work with a wide range of patients, from infants to older adults in a variety of settings such as schools, clinics, homes, and offices.

Occupational therapy also focuses on the treating one of the fastest growing forms of disabilities, mental health. Occupational therapists help patients with mental illnesses acquire such skills as coping mechanisms, social skills, and routine building to promote self-sufficiency and independence.

What kind of certification will I need?

Occupational therapists must obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy. To practice in the United States, occupational therapists must also pass a licensing examination in order to receive certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

What kind of salary can I expect to earn?

Occupational therapists earn around $72, 320 per year and $34. 77 per hour*

*information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How long will I be in school?

Depending on the institution, most master’s programs in occupational therapy take two to three-years for completion.