Which are the occupational therapist education requirements?
Occupational therapists help people with disabilities, injuries, and illnesses improve or recover their ability to perform everyday activities. They may develop interventions that help a disabled child participate in school and social situations, help the elderly lead more active and independent lives, and make recommendations on how a person’s home can be improved to better suit their health needs.
Occupational therapists should be compassionate, patient, and relate well to other people; they should also have strong communication and writing skills. Therapists may spend many hours standing and might need to lift or move patients. Some of them travel to provide their services at multiple sites.
Degree level: Masters degree is required.
Licensure and Certification: State licensure is required; CPR or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification may also be necessary; optional certifications in areas of specialization are available.
Experience: Some employers prefer applicants with 1-2 years of experience.
Key skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, compassion and patience, strong writing skills.
Median Salary (May 2015): $80,150 per year*
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerBuilder.com job postings (August 2012)