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Occupational Therapy

Your occupation is central to your well being and your family's well being. When work isn't going well, life doesn't go well. Life itself is also an "occupation". The job of living includes learning, playing, managing our families, loving, and working to support our families. Unfortunately, emotional, mental, physical and other challenges often prevent people from functioning at full capacity in their occupation and from fully participating the job life.

Injury, mental illness, stress, disease and developmental problems make living life and managing a career difficult for many people in our society today. One of the many goals of occupational therapists is to help people be active, independent and achieve productive, fulfilling lives. Students who pursue a career in occupational therapy can look forward to a dynamic career working with people of all ages and backgrounds. More importantly, they can look forward to making a real difference in the lives of real people.

One of the biggest attractions of a career in occupational therapy is its diversity and the variety of opportunities it provides. Some occupational therapists specialize in assisting children who, because of live's challenges, are struggling to learn, play, grow and develop. Others work with students who, due to behavioral problems or learning disabilities, are struggling in school. They help people with depression, Alzheimer's disease and the elderly cope with life and find meaningful "occupations". They work in people's homes, in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, and community centers.

Life in today's society is stressful and challenging, and the demand for qualified occupational therapists who can help people deal with the challenges of life is growing. MSN Money recently listed occupational therapy among the 25 best careers in America. U.S. News and World Report ranked Occupational Therapists No. 23 in the nation and Occupational Therapy Assistant No. 12 among all professions. The job outlook for professionals pursuing career opportunities in occupational therapy has never been better.

The following are some of the more common responsibilities and job duties of an occupational therapist.
  • Design individual productivity improvement programs for disabled, injured, or ill individuals
  • Administer performance tests
  • Examine clients' homes and worksites for impediments
  • Teach clients how to use adaptive and assistance equipment
  • Counsel clients' family members about proper care for loved ones
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