Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists (OTs) select and direct therapeutic activities designed to develop or restore maximum function to individuals with disabilities. There are approximately 108,410 occupational therapists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chief Occupational Therapist
  • Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant/Aide

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