April is Occupational Therapy Month. Here are five things you may not have known about occupational therapy.
1. Occupational therapists don’t just work from a doctor’s office.
First of all, if you aren’t too familiar about occupational therapy, a great website to check out is the website for The American Occupational Therapy Association. This website will give you a better understanding about what it is and also show’s that occupational therapists go above and beyond. Specifically, the reason is because they don’t just work out of an office. Many will visit a client’s home or will work inside nursing homes, schools, and clinics. Most of them reach out to the client’s and don’t force clients to come to an office to get the therapy that they need.
2. Occupational therapists are highly educated.
There is a lot of schooling involved with becoming an occupational therapist. You actually have to have a Master’s degree and pass a board exam to become one. This makes sense as people that need occupational therapy require special attention. Most people going through occupational therapy need it to live a better life so they need to be treated by someone who is an expert on the subject.
3. Children with disabilities can benefit from occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists give clients a chance at living the fullest life which is why occupational therapy for children with disabilities goes hand in hand. Some children will have occupational therapists work with them at school so they can participate in activities with the other school children. It also will give them a better chance at managing on their own for when they are older.
4. Number 19 for “Best Jobs in America” for being an occupational therapist.
CNN Money’s “Best Jobs in America” ranks being an occupational therapist as number 19. The reason behind this may be because ultimately being an occupational therapist is helping someone live a better life with can make a person feel good. Being able to treat someone and make them not struggle, or feel pain, or help them learn how to manage can bring out good feelings. This job can also be very flexible as most occupational therapists aren’t tied down to an office. They actively will go out directly to the client, which can be less stressful and more exciting than sitting in an office all day.
5. Being an occupational therapist pays extremely well.
According to U.S. News, occupational therapists make a median annual salary of $75,000 as of 2012. Some occupational therapists made $107,070. This accounts for the top 10 percent. The bottom 10 percent made $50,500. As you can see that’s a big difference from the top to the bottom. Either way the job does pay very well, which is expected since the job requires a Master’s degree.