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Practice Settings

As the president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Carolyn Baum, has stated, it would be difficult for an occupational therapist to get bored with their work. "There are always new places to take their knowledge," Baum says. Occupational therapists have the opportunity to work in a variety of job settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Private Clinics
  • Public Schools
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Work Hardening Programs
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Community Health Centers
  • Research Facilities

With career advancement, occupational therapists may move into management, specialization, teaching, or research. Your daily tasks as an occupational therapist may include:

  • Facilitating the development of premature babies
  • Creating effective learning environments for school children who are physically or mentally challenged
  • Adapting home environments for people who are coping with a variety of diagnoses and their symptoms to live safely at home
  • Analyzing job tasks and equipment to help an injured employee return to work
  • Measuring the effectiveness of treatment activities

The emerging areas of occupational therapy practice include:

  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Addressing the Psychosocial Needs of Children and Youth
  • Technology and Assistive-Device Development and Consulting
  • Design and Accessibility Consulting and Home Modification
  • Low Vision Services
  • Private Practice Community Health Services
  • Ergonomics Consulting
  • Driver Assessments and Training Programs
  • Welfare-to-Work Services
  • Ticket to Work Services