Which college majors are best for people aspiring to become occupational therapists?
I'm looking into majors such as human development, neuroscience, psychology, and biology. Are there other majors I should consider? Thanks!
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If your focus is occupational therapy, you want to seek majors (BS degree) that focuses on what people "DO" and how they do these everyday tasks. Many of the course you will take in an OT curriculum will be movement and occupation based.
Therefore to really embrace the field of occupational therapy, your BS should focus on individuals, groups and populations with the study in psychology, public health or occupation science, or even complete a BS in a subject you think you will use post OT that complement what you want to do within OT, such as business (rehab manager, start your own business...)
I would not recommend majors that do not have a solid relationship to OT and you then will most likely will not stay interested in OT. When you do decide on a major, look at your major through the lens of OT. What is the relationship of neuroscience to OT, how will I use this knowledge in OT? Also consider taking courses in your BS that are pre-requisites for the Masters or OTD (such as abnormal psych, stats, musculoskeletal anatomy... look carefully at pre-requisites from the MSOT or OTD program you will apply)
Congratulations on exploring careers. The first and most important step is to get to know yourself better to see how your personality traits relate to people in various career areas and then develop opportunities to talk with the people in the various areas for which you may have a match to learn more about the career areas and the people who are involved in them and get their advice.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
Ken recommends the following next steps: