What is an Occupational Therapist?
An occupational therapist is a healthcare professional that specializes in working with patients with a physical or cognitive disability that need therapy to help them gain back their independence and cope with their disability. The term “occupation” refers to not just employment practices but everyday activities. OTs help patients find new ways to complete activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, dressing, showering, along with many other everyday tasks; they first assess patients and then construct a plan to work with patients and find the best therapy technique for them to reach their intended goal. Click here for more information
What is the difference between an Occupational and Physical Therapist?
Because OTs and PTs often work close together in the workplace, some confuse the duties of the two therapists. Often the duties of PTs and OTs overlap in certain settings. Overall, though, occupational therapists work with patients to overcome certain daily tasks, whereas, PTs are mainly focused on physical mobility rehabilitation, not necessarily certain tasks. Occupational therapists use elements of psychology in their treatment plans, which are not directly used by physical therapists.
What medical areas can OTs work in?
There are a variety of work environments that OTs can be employed in such as hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, and home care, among many other locations. Click here for more information
How much do they make on average?
The salaries for occupational therapists varies on location and workplace. Overall, on average, full-time occupational therapists make about $78,000 a year. Salaries range from $52,000 to $112,000. Click here for more information