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Occupational Therapist

Description: Occupational Therapists (OTs) treat injured or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Their goal is to help patients improve the skills needed for daily living and working. 

Duties:

  • Review patients’ medical histories, ask questions, and observe patients doing tasks
  • Evaluate patients’ condition
  • Create a treatment plan with goals and activities to achieve them
  • Demonstrate exercises and activities
  • Evaluate patients’ home and workplace and offer suggestions for improvement
  • Educate patients and their families on the management of their condition
  • Maintain detailed records

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Training:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in biology and physiology
  • Completion of a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy
    • Usually takes 2-3 years to complete
  • Option to complete a doctoral program (not required)
    • Usually takes 3.5 years to complete
  • All Occupational Therapists are required to complete 24 weeks of supervised fieldwork
  • Must pass the national examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Work Environment: Hospitals, therapy centers, schools, nursing care facilities, home healthcare services

Salary: $81,030 (annual mean wage in Pennsylvania)

Job Outlook: Expected to increase 24% from 2016 to 2026

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm)