Occupational therapy practitioners help people with disabilities or struggling to find or keep a job to be successful in the workplace. In addition to helping those with physical and cognitive disabilities, they address concerns such as ergonomics, and issues related to aging. By offering a path to financial independence, they help reduce overall health care costs.
Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.
The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of conditions related to work.
Work & Industry
Occupational Therapy Services at the Workplace: Transitional Return-to-Work Programs
Returning to Work With Cognitive Impairments
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Occupational Therapy Practitioners & Ergonomics
Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy: Improving Workplace Productivity
Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities
Supporting Community Integration and Participation for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Facilitating Employment of Individuals With Developmental Disabilities - pdf, 764 kb
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep - pdf, 603 kb
Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb
The Role of Occupational Therapy for Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity - pdf, 889 kb