As an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living (AOTA vision 2025). Occupational Therapy utilizes evidence-based approaches to creatively improve a person’s abilities, modify tasks, and change the environment to allow individuals to engage in daily activities that are important to them. This may include activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, leisure or play activities, sleep and work.
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.