Why do you love being an occupational therapist?

I gain job satisfaction in seeing them be able to do something for the first time. Recovery can be a rocky road, but as an occupational therapist the connections you make with your patients are strong, and being a significant player in an individual’s recovery journey is truly an honor.

Why Occupational therapy is a good career?

A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how Occupational Therapists job satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

What qualities do you need to be an occupational therapist?

Occupational therapists should also possess the following specific qualities:Communication skills. Occupational therapists must be able to listen attentively to what patients tell them and be able to explain what they want their patients to do.Compassion. Flexibility. Interpersonal skills. Patience. Writing skills.

How many years of college does it take to become an occupational therapist?

In most cases, you’ll need to complete an undergraduate degree (four years, unless you graduate early or pursue an accelerated program), and then you’ll be in occupational therapy school anywhere from two to three years.

Is PT or OT school harder?

Historically, PT programs have been more difficult to get into than OT, but in the past few years the number of applicants to OT programs have literally grown exponentially.

What state pays the most for occupational therapist?

Best-Paying States for Occupational Therapists The states and districts that pay Occupational Therapists the highest mean salary are Nevada ($100,970), New Jersey ($96,600), California ($95,160), Arizona ($94,800), and District of Columbia ($94,360).

Which is better OT or PT?

The main difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that OT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) and PT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform movement of the human body.

Do you call an occupational therapist Doctor?

no. An occupational therapist should not be referred to as a doctor even if they have a doctorate degree. The reason being, we should not confuse an occupational therapist (or physical therapist for that matter as they also carry a doctorate now) with an actual physician.

What is the salary of an OT?

80,150 USD (2015)

What exactly does an occupational therapist do?

Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

What is an example of occupational therapy?

Here are examples of the tasks and skills OTs might focus on: Self-care routines like getting dressed (fine motor skills and motor planning) Writing and copying notes (fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination) Holding and controlling a pencil, using scissors (fine motor skills, motor planning)

Can occupational therapists diagnose?

1) Do OTs diagnose sensory processing disorders? The answer is NO. We are not permitted to diagnose any disorder. In fact, the sad truth is that Sensory Processing Disorder is not yet an ‘official’ diagnosis according to the newest DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual).

What can I expect from occupational therapy?

At your first appointment, the occupational therapist will: Perform an evaluation to determine a baseline status for the tissues to be treated including range of motion, strength, balance. Discuss with you and set appropriate goals that are function based that will guide further treatment sessions.