Occupational Therapist

By Rafael Bautista

General Information

Name of Career

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Description of Career

Treat patients with injuries, illness, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

General Duties

Patients with permanent disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, often need help performing daily tasks. They observe the patients doing tasks, ask the patient questions, and review the patient's condition and needs.

Additional Information

Current Employment Trends

It is expected to increase 33% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. 108,800 people are currently employed in this career field.

Personality Qualifications

Must be in good shape in health and physical. Must have the following personalities: 1) Patient 2) Have Compassion with the job 3) Can listen very well

Education Needed

Must have Masters Degree in education.

Two Schools of Specialization

James Madison University in Harrisoburg, VA  and  Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA

Average Salary

Beginning Salary: $34.77 per hour     Average Salary: $79,570 per year     Exceptional Salary: $102,520 per year.

Common Injury or condition treated by this professional

Fractured finger, Cerebral Palsy, and Arthritis.


whether or not you are interested in making this your career and why?

I am kind of interested in this career because it looks kinda fun and i see people enjoy this but i already have my own career which is to be a Physician Assistant. Being an Occupational Therapist has a lot of responsibilities and must be ready for stress.

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