• Occupational Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 84,700
    $56,690 range bar $117,130
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

What do they typically do

  • Demonstrate exercises like joint stretches for arthritis relief to help relieve pain for people with chronic conditions
  • Observe patients doing tasks, ask them questions, and review their medical history
  • Recommend special equipment like wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct patients in using that equipment
  • Help people who have various disabilities with different tasks, such as leading a child with autism in play activities
  • Educate a patient's family and employer about how to accommodate and care for the patient
  • Develop a treatment plan for patients, structuring the types of activities and specific goals to accomplish
  • Evaluate a patient's home or workplace to suggest improvements such as labeling kitchen cabinets for a person with poor memory
  • Evaluate a patient's condition and needs

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.1%
Job Opening 253

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