Occupational Therapy Careers
If you like helping people, solving problems, and having a lot of variety in your job, consider becoming an occupational therapist (OT). You’ll use many types of knowledge and skills while helping people of all ages learn or relearn to do the activities that matter most to them in their daily lives. And your career opportunities look bright.
What do occupational therapists do?
OTs work with individuals of all ages who have or are at risk for physical, cognitive, emotional, or developmental disabilities, helping to maximize their health and well-being. They also work with clients’ families and communities. The job may involve:
- applying knowledge of both biological and behavioral science to evaluate clients’ functional strengths and limitations in daily activities
- providing intervention to develop skills needed for home, school, work or community participation
- designing adaptations to the environment to improve access or independence
- consulting with teachers, work supervisors or family members
- identifying or designing devices that offer alternative ways to accomplish activities
Where do occupational therapists work?
OTs work in a variety of environments including schools, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, hospitals, client homes, outpatient clinics, and community agencies.
What will I like (or dislike) about this work?
- satisfaction from making a difference in peoples’ lives
- varied work environments
- opportunity for creative problem-solving
- collaborative work with other professionals
- varied work schedules
How is the job outlook?
Occupational Therapist is one of U.S. News & World Report‘s Top 10 Best Jobs of 2012. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010/11), “Employment of occupational therapists is expected to increase 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb.”
What are the educational requirements?
- master degree (minimum)
- passing the NBCOT certification examination
- licensing (in most states)
Which Sargent College Programs apply?
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at BU Sargent College ranks # 2 out of 156 programs nationwide, according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings.