Frequently Asked Questions

What does occupational therapy (OT) entail?

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.

What tasks would I be performing during a typical workday?

Depending on your employer or work setting, your role might include:

  • Aiding the growth and development of premature babies
  • Enhancing learning environments for children with special needs
  • Adapting home environments for people who have experienced a stroke, reduced vision or dementia
  • Analyzing tasks and equipment to prevent ergonomic and work injuries
  • Conducting research to measure the effectiveness of intervention activities
  • Facilitating use of public transportation to improve community participation

Where do occupational therapy practitioners work?

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.

Does occupational therapy offer opportunities for individuals of culturally diverse backgrounds?

The occupational therapy profession is actively seeking to expand the number of practitioners representing the many aspects of cultural diversity in our society.

What abilities do I need to become an occupational therapist?

A list of technical standards and essential tasks that UB OT students must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation. Students should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at (716) 645-2608 to discuss accommodations.