Occupational therapists treat patients who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
Occupational therapists typically have a master’s degree in occupational therapy. All states require occupational therapists to be licensed.
Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupational therapy will continue to be an important part of treatment for people with various illnesses and disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, autism, or the loss of a limb.
About half of occupational therapists work in offices of occupational therapy or in hospitals. Others work in schools, nursing homes, and home health services. Therapists may spend a lot of time on their feet while working with patients.