Occupational Therapists Abstract




Thepurpose of this paper is to explain various aspects of occupationaltherapy as an occupation. The paper suggests that occupationaltherapists treat injured or disabled patents by offering guidelineson regular therapeutic activities. The environment of occupationaltherapists includes nursing homes, therapy hospitals, and offices orhomes of patients. An occupational therapist is required to have aMaster’s degree, and he or she earns about $75,400 per year.


Occupationaltherapy is an occupation which involves treatment of disabled,injured or ill patients through regular therapeutic activities(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). Occupational therapists areimportant in healthcare because they help patients to recover,develop and improve their abilities in daily activities. Therefore,they help people to be able to carry out their daily activities in anormal way after an injury, illness or disabilities. Lloyd andBassett (2012) suggest that occupational therapists assess andexamine patients, and develop a recovery plan to help them to recoverand regain their abilities to perform normal duties.

Interms of work environment, occupational therapists work in hospitals,nursing homes, schools, offices of physicians, or homes (AmericanOccupational Therapy Association, 2008).Most occupational therapists work in occupational therapy or hospitaloffices. Occupational therapists also spend most of their timestanding, walking or crouching on their feet as they help theirpatients (Söderback,2009).Occupational therapy is carried out in a safe, secure and secludedenvironment to avoid disruptions and further injuries.

Fora person to become an occupational therapist, he or she shouldpossess a master’s degree in occupational therapy (Bureau of LaborStatistics, 2014). In United States, occupational therapists are alsorequired to be duly registered and licensed to carry out occupationaltherapy. Registered and licensed occupational therapists withmaster’s degree and employed in United States earned a medianannual wage of $75,400 in 2012. Employment of occupational therapistsis satisfactory because it is expected to grow by 29% between 2012and 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). Therefore, it willcontinue to play an essential role in people’s treatment.


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Bureauof Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (2014). OccupationalOutlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,accessed Sept 3, 2015 fromhttp://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm

Lloyd,C. &amp Bassett, H. (2012). The role of occupational therapy inworking with the homeless population: An assertive outreach approach.NewZealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59(1),18–23.

Söderback,I. (2009). Internationalhandbook of occupational therapy interventions.Dordrecht: Springer.