It takes enormous patience to work with the physically handicapped, the mentally ill, or anyone struggling with the tasks of daily life. But as an occupational therapist (OT), you can find great satisfaction in helping them live more independently.
Whether you’re teaching a stroke survivor to use a walker, modifying school equipment for a disabled child, or helping the victim of a car accident to get behind the wheel again, one thing is certain: you’ll make a difference.
Occupational therapists help people who have learning disabilities, physical handicaps, illnesses, and other conditions master everyday tasks, from shopping for groceries to walking with crutches.
More and more OTs work in nontraditional settings outside the hospital. These include community health centers, schools, and rehabilitation workshops.
A creative, patient problem solver: progress can be painfully slow.
You can specialize and work only with children, substance abusers, older adults, or another group.