What is an average day like for an occupation therapist?
One of the careers I'm looking at for the future is Occupational Therapy. To help me decide, I was wondering what an average day at work is like for an occupational therapist. medicine science therapy occupational-therapy
There is no average day! That is one of the things that makes the job unique. The purpose of someone receiving Occupational Therapy is to help them gain independence with the tasks they perform in a typical day so your day will depend on what your client needs to do and what their obstacles are. You may help a child with cerebral palsy learn to throw a ball or draw a square. You might be in a hospital helping someone relearn to dress themselves after a stroke. You could be in rehabilitation teaching someone how to use a prosthetic hand. No matter what setting you choose to work in you will need certain qualities like empathy and patience, and should be comfortable working with people of all different backgrounds and cultures. Every day no matter if you're in a school, psychiatric setting, hospital or in elder care, you will use your analytical skills and creativity to help people become as independent as possible. The job is one where you are constantly learning new things and solving new problems.