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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. 


  • 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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  • 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)