Working as an occupational therapist is a rewarding career on three levels: it is the 17th highest paying job that doesn't tether you to a desk, every case is unique, and you spend your days improving the lives of others.
An OT doesn't just help injured employees get back to work; they help people of every age deal with problems in the nervous system that prevent them from living life to its full potential.
Occupational therapists work with every segment of the health care population, from seniors to infants. Your workplace might be in a hospital, nursing home, clinic, private practice, school or home visit. Stroke or accident victims with problems in sensory-processing, children with developmental delays or neurological impairments, all need help to learn or regain ways to negotiate the physical world. With patience and dedication, OTs maximize the fine motor and cognitive skills of their clients to deal with the challenges presented by their disorders or disabilities.
The American Occupational Therapy Association says that creativity is essential in evaluating and devising a course of treatment. Working with clients over time, OTs observe results of their training and time in the smiles of clients who see progress in the levels of activity and greater independence for everyday living.
Work schedules can be flexible; full-time, part-time, and per diem positions are options for therapists. Along with a substantial paycheck, OTs have the added satisfaction of knowing that they are doing something that benefits the lives of patients who need their professional expertise.
The job market for OTs will increase by 27% by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Occupational Therapy Assistants will also be in great demand.
If you are searching for a position with great compensation, with both with monetary and emotional rewards, contact us to discover what is available in the field of occupational therapy.
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