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Occupational therapist

What does a occupational therapist do?

If you’re wondering ‘what is an occupational therapist?’, you’re not alone – working in this profession can mean a broad range of things. At the core of it, an occupational therapist (OT) helps people of all ages and abilities to better participate in daily activities. Through education, exercises, equipment, and assistive technologies, an OT can help patients with tasks such as showering, getting dressed, fulfilling work requirements, socialising, or completing hobbies. Occupational therapy takes place in a variety of settings including community centres, private practices, hospitals, and schools.

Is a career as a occupational therapist right for me?

If you’re interested in improving the quality of life of others and enjoy problem-solving, then a career in occupational therapy might suit you. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • an empathetic nature
  • patience 
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills 
  • a high attention to detail 
  • good organisational skills. 

How to become a occupational therapist

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your occupational therapy career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in occupational therapy:
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Last updated May 2024.

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