What does an occupational therapist do?
- Assess client needs
- Deliver intervention programs to clients
- Monitor client progress
- Liaise with other medical professionals
- Contribute to program and policy development
What skills do I need to be an occupational therapist?
- Discreet, culturally sensitive and empathetic
- Innovative and good at problem solving
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong people skills
There are a number of ways in which occupational therapists can specialise. Many choose to dedicate themselves to a particular field such as working with the elderly or people recovering from physical injuries. Others choose to work in corporate settings delivering injury prevention programs. Occupational therapists are also often in demand for research and policy development roles.