Thinking of a career in Occupational therapy? some quick facts
|April 19, 2012||Posted by Joy Ejiofor under Occupational Therapy|
Occupational therapy has different career choices. Depending on your choice, you can either become an occupational therapist, occupational therapist assistant or an occupational therapist aide. Each of these careers in occupational therapy has different educational requirement depending on your country of residence. Each also has different salary structures and duties. A breakdown of these careers choices are as follows:
Working in the field of occupational therapy is indeed very interesting. Before you can become an occupational therapist, you need to have at least a master’s degree qualification from an accredited program. That is not all, you also need to sit for and pass a licensing exam. The ranges of salaries of occupational therapists vary from country to country. In the US, it is common place to have the range between $69,000-75,000 per annum. The duty of an occupational therapist is to help those with physical, mental emotional or developmental difficulties have near normal daily activities that will improve their living conditions.
Occupational therapist assistant in the field of occupational therapy:
It is the duty of the occupational therapist assistant to carry out plans already developed by an occupational therapist. They also keep tract records of a patient’s progress for perusal by an occupational therapist. Having a career as an occupational therapist assistant requires an associate degree or certificate from an accredited technical school, college or university. It may also be a requirement to pass a certification examination before an associate degree is earned. The earning of an occupational therapist assistant is between the ranges of $50,000-55,000 per year.
Occupational therapist aide in the field of occupational therapy:
For one to qualify to become an occupational therapist aide, he needs to first of all possess a high school diploma. He is now qualified to become attached to an occupational therapist who will train him on the job. It may be necessary to give an occupational therapist aide a HS diploma but it is not always compulsory since they are not officially trained in any university. The minimum salary for this job is $26,000 per annum. The duties of an occupational therapist aide include clerical work, preparation of equipment that may be needed by an occupational therapist and his assistant during the course of treatment.