What does an Occupational Therapist do?

Occupational therapists assess and treat people who, due to illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake everyday activities. The job duties of an occupational therapist include conduct tests to assess functional, emotional, psychological, developmental and physical capabilities; plan and direct specific therapeutic programs for individuals using recreational, remedial or social educational; or select and design activities that improve an affected movement or function and help individuals to regain personal care skills.

Area of specialization may include gerontology, mental health, physical rehabilitation, driving and community mobility, environmental modification, pediatrics etc.

How to become an Occupational Therapist?

To become an occupational therapist, you would require a bachelor’s degree or higher in occupational therapy. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

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