What Type Of Hours Do Occupational Therapists Work?


Are you wondering how an occupational therapist works? How many hours a day does he or she  work? Where does he or she  work? What type of work does he or she  do? Does they work late? Knowing the answers to these questions are necessary to decide if this is really a job that you can do for the rest of your life. You may be a very particular person when it comes to your career. You want to make sure that your career will not interfere with your family life and that balance is always achieved. So, let us know more about the work of an occupational therapist.

A Typical Day In The Shoes Of An Occupational Therapist

  • An occupational therapist observes, inquire, review about the patient’s condition, and medical history. In order for him to make a diagnosis, proper evaluation for the needs of the patients is must.
  • An occupational therapist will develop a treatment plan based on the diagnosis of the patient. This plan will involve the activities to be done as well as the goals of the treatment plan.
  • An occupational therapist helps with various disabilities whether it is physical, emotion, mental or behavioral. The OT can help an autistic child take part in playful activities.
  • Typical Day In The Shoes Of An Occupational TherapistThe occupational therapist will teach the exercises and guide patients in performing these exercises.
  • The occupational therapist will check the home or workplace of the patient to make sure it suits the health condition of the patient. He is also to educate the family and employer of the patient regarding proper care and accommodation.
  • The occupational therapist will recommend the use of equipment like hearing aid or wheelchair. He will teach the patient and the other caregiver how to properly use the equipment as well.
  • Just like other healthcare professionals, an occupational therapist works 8 hours a day. His schedule will greatly depend on where he works. If he works in a hospital, he will be working during clinic hours, which are morning until afternoon. If he operates his own private clinic, he can make his own schedule. If he is doing private home care then he will have to arrange a schedule with the patient.
  • Occupational therapists can choose to work any day of the week even on weekends. They can work at night too. They can choose to be part-time or full-time OT.
  • The median annual wage for an occupational therapist is $72,320. The lower 10% earns less than $48,920 while the top 10% can earn more than $102,520 a year.

Occupational therapists have the freedom to work in different medical facilities. This includes home healthcare, nursing home, private clinic, rehabilitation center and hospitals. Their working hours will greatly depend on the facility they are working in.


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