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April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Occupational Therapists are responsible for helping people with injuries, disabilities and illness to carry out everyday activities, in order to lead as normal a life as possible. They help people to recover, to develop and to improve their daily life skills. They are also responsible for showing people how to use wheelchairs, leg braces, eating aids or any other adaptive device that is required.

In order to become an Occupational Therapist you are required to have a Bachelor's Degree along with specific areas of coursework such as Biology and Physiology before you can apply for a Master's Degree. Obtaining a Master's will typically take 2 years. Some places will offer a dual Bachelor and Master's program which takes 5 years to complete. You will also be required to have completed several months of supervised fieldwork in order to gain experience and an insight into the real life world of Occupational Therapy.

You must have excellent communication skills, you must be a good listener and be able to convey instructions and notes in writing as well as verbally. A high standard of interpersonal skills is also required along with a very high level of patience.

The job of an Occupational Therapist is demanding and varied. You will be responsible for watching people perform everyday tasks and reviewing their medical history. You will need to be able to evaluate a person's needs and their condition and establish the correct treatment plan, tailored individually to each person's requirements.

You will be helping people of all ages and all different types of condition to carry out tasks to help them in their daily life, such as helping the elderly to lead more active and independent lives; educational settings with children who are disabled and helping people to create functional working environments so that they can continue to be employed.

You will be responsible for evaluating workplaces and homes and identify how it needs to be changed to accommodate the person, provide education to employers and families and instruction on how to use equipment that may be needed on a day to day basis. You will also be responsible for on-going assessment and treatment plans.

You may also be working very closely with people who suffer from disorders such as alcoholism, drug abuse or depression. Basically, an Occupational Therapist is responsible for helping you to live your life as close to normality as possible and for helping less abled people to live an independent life where possible.

Occupational Therapists are required to be licenced. You must pass the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam and some States many require additional continuing education and fees to keep your licence. You also have the option of becoming certified which will allow you to use the title Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). To do this you would also need to take continuing education to keep up the certification.

Pay is typically between $48,000 and $102,000 depending on the level of work you carry out and your experience.

Are you looking for more information regarding Occupational Therapists? Visit http://www.therapyjobs360.com today!

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