Pre-Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. They work with individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. They also help them to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills. Occupational therapists not only help clients improve basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also compensate for permanent loss of function. Their goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Graduates are required to take a national certificate exam. All new entries into the field will need a master’s degree. Occupational Therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, residential care facilities, mental health institutions and outpatient care facilities.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for occupational therapists is expected to increase 23% through 2016. The rapidly growing elderly population is particularly vulnerable to conditions that require therapeutic services. The salary for Occupational Therapist professionals is generally in the mid 40s.

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