Allied Health
Occupational Therapist

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Salary: $47,179 - $74,583
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Hourly: $25.5 - $43.84
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 6 years
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Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people do the day-to-day activities that are important and meaningful to their health and well-being. Assisting people to participate in valued occupations is used as a means of treatment as well as the outcome of therapy. Valued occupations encompass the following areas: self-care, learning, work, play, leisure, social participation, and rest.

Occupational therapists (OTs) work collaboratively with individuals, families, caregivers, and other groups whose life patterns and ability to engage in valued occupations have been altered as a result of various circumstances (i.e. cognitive or developmental problems, injury or illness, social or emotional dysfunctions, or the aging process).

Areas of Specialization

Occupational therapists may specialize in physical rehabilitation, mental health, gerontology, pediatrics, hand therapy, or community health.


Work Environment

The focus of occupational therapy is to facilitate the individual's ability to participate in meaningful, purposeful activities (occupations) at home, school, workplace, community, and various other settings. Occupational therapists work for hospitals, community health centers, home health agencies, rehabilitation clinics, nursing homes, industrial facilities, schools, private homes, wellness programs, and research facilities.