Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. OTs also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities. Occupational therapy is a client-centered practice that places emphasis on the progress towards the client's goals. Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client. Occupational therapists often work closely with professionals in physical therapy, speech therapy, nursing, social work, and the community.
Occupational assistants make on average $55k/annually with the top 10% earning over $70k/annually. Occupational assistants work along side occupational therapists. In as little as two years one can enter the field of occupational therapy with an associates degree and become an occupational therapy assistant.
Occupational Therapy Employment Salaries
According to a report released by the bureau of labor statistics in 2013 occupational statistics made on avg. $78k/annually. The top 10% occupation therapists earned around $109k/annually. Industries hiring occupational therapists include health offices, medical and surgical hospitals, elementary and secondary schools, home health care services companies, nursing facilities and speciality hospitals.
Occupational Therapy Schools
Occupational therapy degrees are offered at community colleges and universities. Someone wishing to enter the field of occupational therapy can do so in as little as two years with an associates degree. With an associates degree you can become an an occupational therapists assistant. With your feet wet in the field you can continue your education and become an occupational therapist.
Below we have listed schools offering occupational therapy programs. Please adjust the search by city and state to find schools in your area.