Day in the Life
rehabilitation centers, therapists may work in spacious rooms equipped with
machines, tools, and other devices generating noise. The work can be tiring
because therapists are on their feet much of the time. Those providing home
health care services may spend time driving from appointment to
appointment. Therapists also face hazards such as back strain from lifting
and moving clients and equipment.
Occupational therapists in hospitals and other health care
and community settings usually work a 40-hour week. Those in schools may
participate in meetings and other activities during and after the school
day. Currently, more than a quarter of occupational therapists worked part
Some occupational therapists work with the support of occupational therapist assistants.
Occupational therapists need patience and strong
interpersonal skills to inspire trust and respect in their clients.
Patience is necessary because many clients may not show rapid improvement.
Ingenuity and imagination in adapting activities to individual needs are assets.
Those working in home health care services also must be able to adapt to a
variety of settings.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US
Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor