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Occupational therapists (O.T.s) are trained to help people with physical emotional developmental or mental disabilities. They work with such individuals to help them improve their daily routines and sometimes to help them develop their ability to perform better in a work environment. The goal of their services is to ensure that clients lead lives that are as productive and independent as possible. The treatment programs that occupational therapists devise are tailored to the needs of the specific client and include activities that can help clients rebuild both their skills and their confidence. Occupational therapists may recommend that their clients adapt their home environment to make it easier for them to move around. Or they may work with their client's employer to ensure that access for example is provided for a wheelchair. They often work in conjunction with professionals such as doctors physiotherapists social workers and even architects. Occupational therapists must be physically fit because they may have to lift and move both clients and equipment. They also need both patience and strong interpersonal skills. Occupational therapists work either in either full-time or part-time jobs and they are normally employed by hospitals community health clinics rehabilitation centers or schools. Occupational therapists must first earn a bachelor's degree and also a master's degree occupational therapy from an accredited program. They must also complete six months of supervised field work. Then they must obtain a license by passing a national certification exam which qualifies them for the title of Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). An occupational therapist's earnings depend on education and experience but the median salary is approximately $55000.

Common Names: Occupational Therapist , Physical Therapist, OT, Health Care Worker, Health Professional

Avg. Salary*: $55,000

Salary Range*: $45,000 - $65,000

Job Tasks:

  • Helps patients improve their motor functions.
  • Works with individuals to re-gain their health.
  • Devises treatment programs.
  • Works in conjunction with many medical professionals.

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