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What is needed to become an occupational therapist?

Chelsea Hayes

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Ross Pratt on June 5, 2018

In the first place you need to go to college (four years to obtain the bachelor's degree), which is a necessity for careers in the entire field of therapy. After this, you will have to get a masters degree that usually take 1 to 3 years (depending on how many credits your taking at a time), but for some jobs a phd will be more appropriate (with this additional education, you will have a greater chance of being hired if you also have experience, then I would suggest that the volunteers and the intern, while still in school, because experience is also a must), once you have become licensed, you can begin the practice. Occupational therapy (focusing on gross motor) is similar to physical therapy, you might also want to look at, to be a physical therapist, you need to have a doctorate, however. -the salary is around $74,510 (it depends on the field of therapy: private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, etc) -hourly rate around $40 but the more credentials you have (schooling in autism, aba, bcba, psychology, etc., can help you get more clients and make more money) -it's a big job for parents, if you are working privately in homes, you can decide when you want to work and create your own hours that you are paid (therefore, you can create your own salary, depending on how much you want to work each day or each week) -physical therapy salary is $77,630, but is higher on average in all fields of therapy work you might want to check out: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos078.htm#oes_links


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