Occupational Therapist

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Job Outlook through 2026

Employment Current: 6,900
Employment Projected: 8,320
Percentage Change: 20.6%

Education/Training

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Sample Job Titles

  • Assistive Technology Trainer
  • Early Intervention Occupational Therapist
  • Industrial Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Occupational Therapist (OT)
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Supervisor
  • Staff Occupational Therapist
  • Staff Therapist

Duties

  • Complete and maintain necessary records
  • Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients
  • Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy
  • Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress
  • Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems

Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $57,000
Average: $79,860
Experienced: $91,290