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Occupational Therapist


Occupational therapists (OTs) assist clients in performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, eating, and driving. Services typically include: customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities; comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations; adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training; and guidance to family members and caregivers. To meet an occupational therapist, see the NIH "Lifeworks" website. To learn more about this career, watch the video profile of "Occupational Therapists."

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Occupational Therapist October 1, 2010 [PDF 50KB]

Working Conditions

Occupational therapists in hospitals and other health care and community settings usually work a 40-hour week. Those in schools may also participate in meetings and other activities, during and after the school day. More than one-third of occupational therapists work part time.

Academic Requirements

A post baccalaureate entry-level degree in occupational therapy is the minimum requirement for entry into this field. Search for schools that provide training for this career.