Occupational Therapist

What Does An Occupational Therapist Do?

Occupational therapists help patients with injuries, illnesses, developmental or emotional problems, and those dealing with age-related issues to improve their skills so they can take care of themselves and be successful in their work.

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How Do I Become An Occupational Therapist?

A master’s degree in occupational therapy is required to obtain this position. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. Having a doctorate, which may take an additional two-three years, will likely lead to more opportunities.

What is the Average Salary For An Occupational Therapist?

High – 119,000
Median – 77,000
Low – 50,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Occupational Therapist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For An Occupational Therapist?

Typically, occupational therapists work in hospitals, physical and occupational therapy offices, nursing care facilities, and schools. Some may be required to work evening or weekend shifts. In addition, this job may require some heavy lifting of patients or equipment. It also may require someone to be on their feet for many hours throughout the day.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Occupational Therapist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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