Career Details

Occupational Therapist

Career Overview

Occupational therapists help patients with injuries, illnesses, developmental or emotional problems, and those dealing with age-related issues to improve their skills so they can take care of themselves and be successful in their work.


A master's degree in occupational therapy is required to obtain this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor's degree. Having a doctorate, which may take an additional two-three years, will likely lead to more opportunities.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$50,000 /yr
$77,000 /yr
$119,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Typically, occupational therapists work in hospitals, physical and occupational therapy offices, nusring care facilities, and schools. Some may be required to work evening or weekend shifts. In addition, this job may require some heavy lifting of patients or equipment. It also may require someone to be on their feet for many hours throughout the day.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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