Occupational Therapy is a rewarding career choice both financially and emotionally. An Occupational Therapist can work with young children, adults or the elderly that need assistance with every day or occupational activities. People seek out assistance from Occupational Therapists due to mental or emotional disorders and illnesses. Their role is to assess what the client is intending to achieve from therapy, and come up with a plan and suggest any necessary assistance technologies to reach the client’s intended goal. The Occupational Therapist would interact with the client at their home as well as in a facility. The purpose of the home interaction for an Occupational Therapist is to assess ways to make the requested tasks or activities more obtainable through adjustments in the home, or improvements in equipment. The Occupational Therapist is there to help those with disorders or illnesses participate as much as possible in regular activities such as driving, reading, and cooking. The level of assistance needed varies for an occupational therapist by client and can be drastic. Occupational therapy is an emotionally rewarding career choice but by no means an easy one.
The education requirements to become an occupational therapist are not simple to achieve and take years to accomplish. The first step is to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in either, Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology from an accredited university. Then once that is accomplished the next step is to earn a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. A Master’s Degree takes approximately two years to achieve and would include courses in anatomy, patient care, and assistive technology, and social and medical conditions. A Master’s program will also include hands on field work completed in a nursing home or hospital. Of course this field work would also include basic trainings such as CPR. Once a student receives their Master’s Degree they must then pass the occupational therapy licensing test; the NBCOT exam. Once the license is earned a student is officially considered a Licensed Occupational Therapist, and may apply to receive their OTR.
An Occupational Therapist earns on average between 55,000 and 100,000 Australian Dollars. The amount an occupational therapist earns depends greatly on the amount of years they have been in practice. Once an occupational therapist has been in practice for a number of years they are considered Senior Occupational Therapists. This distinction would include an increase in their salary and bonuses. Most occupational therapists are women but there are a number of males currently in the profession. The profession and job market are expected to grow approximately 40% in the next ten years making this a very appealing job market for those looking for a steady career. Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of places, making the job much more exciting than positions that are limited to specific areas or situations. With such a varied and growing job market with a competitive salary it is no wonder that this career is becoming an appealing choice for those entering university.