Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists assist in the mental and physical rehabilitation of disabled individuals. Activities may include assessing client’s current and potential level of functioning; developing and implementing a treatment plan in the client’s various environments; maintaining clinical and statistical records; designing programs for the community; and conducting research. Their main concern is getting the patient to resume a productive and satisfying role in society. They are employed by hospitals or other providers of healthcare such as nursing homes or rehabilitation clinics.

Skills Required

  • excellent problem solving skills
  • good organizational skills good interpersonal skills
  • the ability to communicate well in person and in writing
  • the ability to work with little supervision
  • creativity
  • empathy

Education/Training Required

Master of Science Occupational Therapy MSc(OT)

Schools Offering Career Program

Dalhousie University

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Average Starting Salary
$52,000

Growth Rate
Good

Education Required
6 years