Occupational Therapists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+15.9% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Occupational Therapists Do

Assess, plan, and organize rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. Use therapeutic techniques, adapt the individual's environment, teach skills, and modify specific tasks that present barriers to the individual.

Other Job Titles Occupational Therapists May Have

Assistive Technology Trainer, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), Early Intervention Occupational Therapist, Home Health Occupational Therapist, Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant, Occupational Therapist (OT), Pediatric Occupational Therapist (Pediatric OT), Pediatrics and Acute Care Occupational Therapist, Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Occupational Therapist ,

Interface Rehab

First, I will check my patient schedule for unfamiliar patients and whether I have to do a patient evaluation. I will briefly read charts of unfamiliar patients and check out whether the patient has physical therapy treatment on the day. Then, I will prioritize my day with evaluations first, then short term care patients, then long term care patients. Before end of day, I will note what patients did and complete necessary documentations due that day.

President/Clinical Director/Occupational Therapist ,

Abilities OT Services & Irlen Diagnostic Center

I am a professional advocate for the disabled and I have a private occupational therapy practice with a very flexible schedule; that means that on any given day, I could be an expert witness in a litigation case, teach a health and wellness program for brain and body health, consult with interior designers, architects and builders to make sure a space is fully accessible and optimized, or perform ADA consulting to help employers with employees with disabilities stay on the job or return to work.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.
  • Complete and maintain necessary records.
  • Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.
  • Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.
  • Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.

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