Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Why Occupational Therapy

A client-centered profession of caring. A rewarding career.

Relying on knowledge and skills in the biological, psychological and social sciences, Occupational Therapists (OTs) use physical and psychosocial methods to help people achieve independence in all facets of their lives—at work, at home and in social and community settings. Current emphasis on health and wellness has expanded the role of occupational therapy into preventive and educational arenas.

Be in Demand

There is an increased demand for qualified OTs, due to significant labor shortages in the field of occupational therapy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says job opportunities are increasing, especially working with the elderly.

Adding to the perks, many employers offer sign on bonuses, flexible work schedules, education benefits and more to attract qualified therapists.

Work with Diverse Clientele

OTs have opportunities to work many different types of people, including:
  • Patients of all ages with health problems including stroke, spinal cord injuries, cancer and other physical and cognitive disabilities
  • Children with developmental or learning problems
  • Individuals with mental illness and psychosocial concerns
  • Family members and caregivers
  • Other professionals, including teachers, special educators, daycare personnel, camp counselors, health providers, physicians and more

Help Patients, Clients and Consumers

OTs help the people they work with:
  • Become independent and self-reliant
  • Improve motor function, communication and reasoning abilities
  • Learn (or relearn) the day-to-day skills necessary for independent, productive and satisfying lives, from bathing and dressing to cooking, driving, using technology and returning to work
  • Transition into new life roles
  • Adapt to or compensate for the physical and emotional effects of disability

Enjoy Careers in a Wide Range of Settings

Among the many settings available to OT professionals are:
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Private homes
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics
  • Psychiatric facilities
  • Senior-care and assisted living centers
  • Community health programs

Learn more about occupational therapy through the American Occupational Therapy Association.