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What Occupational Therapists Do #infographic

therapistsOver the past couple years, it’s clear to anyone that the health services industry has been fairing pretty well. While other industries have been losing jobs by the hundreds, the health care sector is adding jobs. In a way, it makes sense. No matter what the economic climate, the era or the time people are always going to be seeking medical attention. In fact, it makes even more sense that the health care industry would boom when times are rough because people likely suffer from more stress which can lead to long-term health set backs. It’s not a great thing to think about, but it’s certainly a reality. So what are some positions in the industry that are doing very well? An occupational therapist is one of them. If you were like me before I took a look at this infogrpahic, you’re probably fuzzy on the details of what they actually do. If you’re interested, take a look at this infographic below.

If you are thinking of becoming an occupational therapist, then you will definitely need to go for your master’s degree. That means more money, time and effort on your part, but the benefits certainly weigh that out once you get to working. On average, an occupational therapist earns about $72,320 a year as of 2010. If you break it down hourly, that’s about $34.77 an hour. In 2010, there were about 108,000 job openings for just occupational therapists.

So what is it that they do? Occupational therapists treat patients that are suffering from illnesses, injuries or disabilities. It’s an occupational therapist that helps a patient develop, improve or recover the skills that are needed to go on with daily life and work. They don’t have to be confined to one space though like surgeons or most doctors. An occupational therapist can work in a hospital, in a school, a nursing home, a clinic or they can travel from home to home helping patients get better in their own space. With a versatile job as this, you can work almost anywhere. Take a look at the infographic to learn more about this kind of healthcare position that is doing very well today.



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