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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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