Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapist Works with Patient

Occupational therapists (OTs) select and direct therapeutic activities designed to develop or restore maximum function to individuals with disabilities. There are approximately 114,660 occupational therapists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Observe patients in action, ask them questions, and review their medical histories; develop a treatment plan for each patient, with specific activities and goals to be accomplished; examine a patient's home or workplace and identify how it can be adapted to the patient's needs; advise the patient's family and employer how the patient can be accommodated; recommend devices and equipment
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Occupational Therapist
  • Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant/Aide