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What are different specialties for one going into a career in occupational therapy?

Asked Cedarhurst, New York

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Corinne’s Answer

Updated Silver Spring, Maryland

Look at Advance OT and AOTA they will show you what prac areas you can choose re journals, etc. pediatrics, geriatrics, low vision, hand therapy, rehab, work hardening and ergonomics, mental health, community.......driving rehab, neuro, burns........it offers a career from birth to death with everything along the road of life...........eg pediatrics can en home based, hospital based out patient, aquatherapy, splinting................to school based.........very vast in each area of practice.

Good luck!

Daniela’s Answer

Updated State of Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil

Hi Debra,

Career prospects As a newly qualified occupational therapist in the NHS, you may begin in a rotational post, providing the opportunity to gain experience in a range of specialties. This could include working across a range of acute clinical areas such as:

medicine; orthopaedics; surgery; stroke; cardiac. However, it's also possible to go straight into your chosen specialism, for example alcohol and substance abuse, burns and plastic surgery, mental health or stroke rehabilitation.

There are many ways in which you can develop your career, for example through:

the management of staff; research into new techniques in occupational therapy or auditing the efficiency of current provision; specialisation in particular areas of occupational therapy; working in education, either training in a department or lecturing in an educational institution. To progress up each pay scale, you must show that you can effectively apply the required knowledge and skills.

With significant experience, you could become a consultant occupational therapist in a senior clinical leadership role with the highest level of clinical responsibility. Consultant occupational therapists work in a range of clinical practice areas, including mental health and learning disabilities. They have a wider role in influencing and driving strategic and organisational development.

With further training it is also possible to work as a high-intensity therapist as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. It's also possible to work in related roles such as care manager within primary care, industry or business.

Source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/occupational-therapist

Have a good choice!