occupational therapists both work with individuals to improve their ability to
live independent and satisfying lives.
Which area is right for a given student depends upon the student's
personality and interest. The Bureau of
Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition provides the following descriptions of the two
help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working
environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally,
physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists use treatments to develop,
recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The therapist helps clients not only to
improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to
compensate for permanent loss of function.
The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying
provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain,
and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from
injuries or disease. They restore,
maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Their patients include accident victims and
individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart
disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.
Entrance into both
fields requires students to earn a bachelor's degree and complete various
experiential and academic requirements before applying to professional