An occupational therapist helps patients to recover and improve skills needed in their daily lives, including skills that they may need at 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.
Typically, occupational therapists work in hospitals, physical and occupational therapy offices, nursing 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.
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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