Pre-Occupational Therapy Preparation

Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with patients suffering from injury or illness to help them recover so that they can maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. OTs do this through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, such as helping patients learn how to dress themselves. OTs cab work in private offices, clinics, hospitals, patients' homes, and nursing homes. Most OTs work full-time weekdays. Some may work evenings or weekends to accommodate patient schedules.

Job Outlook

Employment for occupational therapists is expected to grow by 17%, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which notes the growth is much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is attributed to a growing and aging population.

  • $85,570
    Median Annual Salary
  • 17%

    Projected Job Growth,


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How to Apply

Occupational therapists must obtain at least a master’s degree in occupational therapy—some earn doctoral degrees. OT schools are competitive. Most applicants have a bachelor’s degree. Students usually take two to three years to complete OT school and are required to complete at least 24 weeks of supervised field work.