• Occupational Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 83,560
    $59,970 range bar $109,210
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Occupational Therapists evaluate and treat people who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities. They help clients meet goals to develop, recover, improve, and maintain skills needed for daily living and working.

What do they typically do

  • Evaluate clients' conditions by reviewing their medical history, interviewing them, and observing them perform various tasks
  • Develop and implement treatment plans that have specific activities to help clients work toward their goals
  • Help clients relearn and perform daily living tasks, such as teaching a person who has had a stroke how to get dressed
  • Demonstrate exercises- for example, stretching the joints for arthritis relief - to help relieve clients' pain
  • Evaluate a client's home, school, or workplace to identify potential accessibility improvements, such as labeling kitchen cabinets for an older person with poor memory
  • Educate a client's family about how to accommodate and care for them
  • Recommend special equipment, such as mobility aids and eating aids, and instruct clients and families on how to use it
  • Assess and record clients' activities and progress for client evaluations, billing, and other purposes

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.7%
Job Openings 308

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