We surveyed 978 occupational therapists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical occupational therapist. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as an occupational therapist?
Working as an occupational therapist typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.
Can I learn to become an occupational therapist?
A career as an occupational therapist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as an occupational therapist?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as an occupational therapist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for occupational therapists.
Do occupational therapists work full-time or part-time?
74% of occupational therapists work in full-time roles while 26% work part-time.
Is being an occupational therapist stressful?
Stress is not uncommon amongst occupational therapists, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.
Is being organized important as an occupational therapist?
Some level of organization is generally required to be an occupational therapist.
How competitive is the workplace for occupational therapists?
Competition at work is not common for occupational therapists.
Does being an occupational therapist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Occupational therapists will have to sometimes face time pressure on the job.
Are occupational therapists allowed to express themselves creatively?
Occupational therapists are afforded a certain level of ability to express themselves creatively, compared to other careers.
Do occupational therapists have control over the direction of their work?
While sometimes the direction is set, occasionally occupational therapists will have some flexibility over the direction of their work.
Is being an occupational therapist physically demanding?
Being an occupational therapist may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.
Are occupational therapists exposed to a wide variety of work?
The workload of an occupational therapist changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.
Does being an occupational therapist require attention to detail?
Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an occupational therapist.
Does being a good occupational therapist require compassion and empathy?
Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as an occupational therapist.