OT uses everyday activities as the means of helping people achieve independence. For some, the focus is on performing critical daily activities, such as dressing, grooming, bathing and eating. For others, the OT program is built around the skills needed to perform a person’s daily responsibilities such as participating in education, caring for a home and family, or seeking and maintaining employment.
OT intervention includes practice in managing time, working productively with others and enjoying leisure activities.
Depending on your employer or work setting, your role might include:
Opportunities for change and variety characterize the range of career options in occupational therapy. Potential employers include public schools, rehabilitation hospitals, mental health centers, nursing homes, physician practices or home health agencies. As your career progresses, you will want to consider advancement opportunities in management, specialization, teaching, research or private practice.
The occupational therapy profession is actively seeking to expand the number of practitioners representing the many aspects of cultural diversity in our society.