Occupational Therapists 

Occupational therapists develop individual and group programs with people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders, emotional or psychological problems and ageing to maintain, restore or increase their ability to care for themselves and to engage in work, school or leisure.

Aptitude: • Patience, • Excellent Interpersonal Skills, • Communication Skills, • Good Team Working Skills.

Work: Occupational therapists perform some or all of the following duties: , Analyze clients' capabilities/expectations related to life activities through observation, interviews, and formal assessments; Develop intervention programs which address clients' performance in self-care, work, and leisure activities; Establish group and individual plans to maximize their clients' performance, working as a sole practitioner or as a member of an interdisciplinary team; Maintain client records; Consult and advise on health promotion programs, disease and disability prevention and working at maximizing independent function in all life activities; Supervise support personnel/students and provide training; May specialize in working with a specific age group (children, elderly people), or with persons with distinct problems (dementia, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, learning disabilities); May provide special programs such as return-to-work programs.

Title Examples: Clinical Occupational Therapy Specialist, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist - Rehabilitation Consultant, Research Occupational Therapist

Useful Secondary School subjects: Physics, Biology, Math, English, Chemistry

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate

Requirements: You must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy including supervised fieldwork from an accredited educational program by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, or have graduated from an occupational therapy program approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). This program is accepted in some provinces/territories. , Effective 2010, you'll need at least a master's degree in occupational therapy for entry to the profession in Canada. , You may need to complete the National Certification Examination administered by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. , You must be licensed by a regulatory body in the province/territory where you'll work. , Membership in the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is required in some provinces/territories. , To specialize, you may need additional training or further experience. , With additional training and experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager or administrator. , Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 1 in 10 has a graduate degree.

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