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  • occupational therapy
  • Hi! I am an Occupational Therapist. I treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.  I help my patients develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
  • Important skills you need for this job is adaptability, communications, compassion, interpersonal skills, and patience.
  • The responsibilities of being an occupational therapist include: developing a treatment plan for patients, teaching them stretches and exercises that can help relieve their physical pain. I also help re-teach patients with various disabilities how perform everyday tasks, For Example, Jim here had a stroke 2 years ago and I had to re-teach him how to get dressed w/ his disability physically affecting him. I also evaluate patients to determine whether they are safe.
  • I also educate a patient's family members and employers on how to accommodate and care for the patients disability. I also recommend special equipment, such as wheel chairs and eating aids, and I show the patients how to use them.
  • To become an Occupation Therapist (OT), you need a masters degree in OT. You also need a pass the "National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy" exam, in order to be a licensed therapist. The median wage for OTs is $83,200 a year. About $36 an hour. 
  • The employment of OTs is projected to go up 26% from 2016-2026. This is due to the fact that the Baby Boomers are aging and many will need treatment.
  • Many OTs work at hospitals, but also offices of physical therapists, schools, nursing care facilities, and home health care services.
  • You should expect to be in and out of the office during this job. Often you will be taking your patients outside to get exercise. Its very active job but a lot of fun!
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